Allegany County Pill Drop yields 80 pounds of unused prescription drugs

Over 80 pounds of unused pills were collected last weekend at two sites in Allegany County, including from one individual who was able to dispose of more than 15 years of accumulated substances.

Allegany County Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Bigelow mans Prescription Drug Take Back site at Friendship last weekend.
(PPAC Central photo)

Nearly a dozen motorists at each of the Wellsville and Friendship fire departments drop-off sites disposed of nearly equal total amounts of more than 40 pounds during the biannual federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day, administered locally by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department.

The observance is designed to collect unused prescription drugs and keep them out of the hands of unauthorized users who raid medicine chests where they are visiting, children who ingest medicines which aren’t locked up, and public water supplies due to flushing.

Although the designated disposal day has been in existence for many years, it isn’t unusual for individuals to turn in a drawer-full of old, unused prescriptions due to being unaware of how to dispose of them.

Year-around disposal
In addition to the Take Back Days, 14 Pill Drop Boxes now are located in various parts of the county for year-around disposal, including:
– Alfred: Alfred Pharmacy, 36 North Main Street, and NYS University Police at Alfred State College, 10 Upper College Drive, in the Theta Gamma House.
– Andover: Jones Memorial Hospital Medical Practice, 20 Main Street.
– Belmont: Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, 4884 State Route 19-South, and Nicholson Pharmacy, 36 Schuyler Street (State Route 19)
– Bolivar: Jones Memorial Hospital Medical Practice, 120 1st Street
– Canaseraga: Tri-County Family Medicine, 12 North Church Street.
– Cuba: Cuba Police Department, 15 Water Street, and Cuba Pharmacy, 2 Center Street.
– Fillmore: Fillmore Pharmacy, 10560 State Route 19-South.
– Friendship: Friendship Pharmacy, 9 West Main Street.
– Wellsville: Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main Street; Fisher’s Pharmacy, 138 North Main Street; and the Wellsville N.Y. Police Department, 46 South Main Street.

Sharps disposal
Allegany also is one of only two counties in the state for disposal of sharps needles at refuse disposal sites, with drop boxes for those at the Alfred, Bellmont, Bolivar, Caneadea, Canaseraga, Cuba/Friendship, and Wellsville landfill transfer locations.

Used sharps should be placed in a sealable container, with the entire container dropped into the sharps drop box at the transfer station. They should not be placed in the community pill drop boxes.

An incomplete state Department of Environmental Conservation map of pill drop boxes in the state is available at https://on.ny.gov/2Rib1ku. A similar map for Pennsylvania is available at https://bit.ly/3a5aCbE.
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