Medication drop off events in Schuyler County during National Drug Take-Back Day

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SCHUYLER COUNTY, N.Y. (WETM) – The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office and the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) will be holding medication drop-off events during National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Community members can drop off their expired, unused, or unwanted medications between 10 am and 2 pm at the Odessa and Tyrone Fire Departments. The Odessa Fire Department is located at 300 East Main Street. The Tyrone Fire Department can be found at 3600 State Route 226. 

This initiative, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Pills that sit unused in homes can easily end up being abused by someone or taken accidentally by a child. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. Additionally, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

Community members can also dispose of unwanted, expired, and unused prescription drugs year-round by using the 24/7 confidential drop boxes available at the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office in Watkins Glen or in the foyer at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls. 

For more information, or to become involved with SCCUDD, visit SCCUDD online at www.schuylercounty.us/sccudd, or follow SCCUDD on Facebook and Twitter. 

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