Drug overdose training received, with more citizen prevention measures Saturday

Some three dozen Houghton University employees and students, healthcare professionals, and community residents have received state training on how to counter opioid drug overdose deaths, with the greater Allegany County community having additional opportunities this weekend to help address the issue.

Mandee Nann, overdose training coordinator with the State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, provides information on opioid drug overdose deaths during training yesterday in Houghton.

Mandee Nann, overdose training coordinator with the State Office of Addiction Services and Supports in Albany, presented the two-hour session at the Nielsen Physical Education Center, providing both information about the nationwide overdose epidemic and instructions on how to use the free Narcan nasal sprays which were distributed to administer to individuals, including children and older adults, if they should be inflicted.

The nasal medicine, available to the public under a State Commissioner of Health standing order to pharmacies and other drug supplies, counter the effects of an overdose when properly administered.

Information about the medicine and its availability is available at https://tinyurl.com/NYSDOH-Naloxone.

This Saturday, April 27, the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting it biannual no-questions-asked pill drops from 10AM to 2PM at both the Andover Fire Department at 60 Main Street, and the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department at 40 South Main Street, during which unused prescription drugs will be accepted.

Individuals are encouraged to take part in this nationwide effort, initiated many years ago by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), to keep unused prescription drugs out of the hands of unauthorized individuals who often pilfer them from home drawers and medicine chests, children who can swallow and overdose if they happen to discover them unattended, and public water supplies through flushing of unused medicines.

Individuals and organizations also can become advocates for this initiative by letting others know about the national searchable database for event locations throughout the United States at https://tinyurl.com/DEA-Take-Back-Locations.

Additional disposal locations
There also are take back sites in Wyoming and Cattaraugus counties which can be found on the searchable database. No drop-off sites currently are listed in Steuben and Livingston counties, or neighboring Potter or McKean counties in Pennsylvania.

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office NY is assisted by Partners for Prevention in Allegany County (Ppac Central) and the Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in the local initiative.

Last spring, over 80 pounds of unused prescriptions were collected at collection sites in Friendship and Wellsville.

Year-around disposal
In addition to the Take Back Days, 14 Pill Drop Boxes are located in various parts of the county year-around, 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 NY, 4884 State Route 19-South, and Nicholson Pharmacy Gifts., 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 items 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://tinyurl.com/NY-Take-Back-Locations. A similar map for Pennsylvania is available at https://tinyurl.com/PA-Take-Back-Locations.
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