TROY, N.Y. -- Senator Charles Schumer said, "The use of heroin, the use of crack cocaine is down because we got a handle on it we have to get the same handle on prescription drugs."
According to the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependance, 70 percent of drug addicts get their fix from what's leftover in their medicine cabinet: Prescription drugs.
"My wife had a wisdom tooth pulled and it's painful. She needed three days of the drug but the prescription written out by the doctor was for 90 days, so you take the three days worth of pills and then it sits on your shelf," Schumer added and it's that unused medication can get into the wrong hands.
Rennsselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino said, "What's disturbing is kids are bringing the drugs to what are called pharm up parties, they're mixing up the drugs and they're taking whatever handful they come out with to get high."
The District Attorney, Richard McNally, adds that the addiction can motivate people to commit crimes, saying, "We have one individual in the South End of the county that has admitted to over a dozen burglaries."
Schumer said, "If there were buyback programs, like there are very successful buyback programs for guns, it would encourage people to come in take the drugs off their shelves."
Under the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act, only law enforcement can dispose of prescription medication.
The Supervising Pharmacist at Lindsay's Drug Company, Katie Bonnier, said, "There's really no legislation for us to take back medications in general, it's hard to take it back because we're not supposed to."
But the DEA says they are working to change that stating, "We proposed [in December] that authorized manufacturers, distributors and retail pharmacies are authorized to voluntarily administer mail back programs and maintain collection receptacles. We are in the middle of trying to get these final rules published and we agree with the Senator that we have to get this done."
"So really, why I'm here is to give a little bit of a pleasant shove to the DEA and say "Do it already," Schumer said.
The Next Drug take back in Rensselaer County is scheduled for October 26th at the Troy, Hoosick Falls, East Greenbush police departments as well as the Rennsselaer County Sheriff's Department.