Over 120 pounds collected from drug take-back event

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Still life: Medicinal pills and tablets. (Photo By DEA / G. CIGOLINI/De Agostini via Getty Images)

STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WETM)- Steuben County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee conducted a drug take-back event at the Steuben County Public Safety Building on Saturday, October 22, 2020.

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says deputies and volunteers collected over 120 pounds of prescription medication for destruction. Deputies then transported 1,700 pounds of previously collected medications from agencies in Steuben County to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Rochester, New York, for destruction.

“It is one of our primary goals to educate residents of Steuben County about the importance of medication safety and proper disposal. We also want to prevent prescription medications from getting into the wrong hands” said Connie Terry of the Coalition.

“It is always a good day when we get the opportunity to help avoid a potential overdose rather than respond to one” said Sheriff Allard. “One thousand seven hundred pounds of potential addiction causing medications safely destroyed”

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