Prescription drugs

Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office will take back unwanted prescription drugs

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office and the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) are encouraging community members to participate in National Medication Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Community members can drop their expired, unused or unwanted medications. medication between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Odessa and Tyrone fire departments. The Odessa Fire Department is located at 300 East Main Street. The Tyrone Fire Department is located at 3600 State Route 226.

This initiative, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Pills left unused in homes can easily end up being abused by someone or accidentally taken by a child. The rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarming, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Drug Use and Health Survey shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication stolen from the medicine cabinet at home. Additionally, Americans are now being told that their usual methods of disposing of unused medications – flushing them down the toilet or tossing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health risks.

Community members can also dispose of unwanted, expired, and unused prescription medications year-round by using the confidential drop boxes available 24/7 at the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office ( 607-535-8222) in Watkins Glen or in the foyer of the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls.

SCCUDD is a group of dedicated community members, businesses, and agencies working to prevent, reduce, and delay the onset of substance use among Schuyler County youth by collaborating with our community partners, promoting prevention education and substance-free activities; and implementing environmental measures strategies. The SCCUDD works to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among young people because they can cause lifelong problems. SCCUDD’s vision is a connected community where young people have education, resources, and drug-free options to help them grow into happy, healthy adults.

For more information or to get involved with SCCUDD, visit SCCUDD online or follow SCCUDD on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Joan J. Dean

The author Joan J. Dean