Over 100 pounds of medications collected during Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Over 100 pounds of unused prescription drugs were taken out of potential circulation from drug abusers, children and public water supplies yesterday during pill drop collections in Angelica and Cuba.

There were 31 cars dropping off medications, along with two boxes of Sharps, at the two locations during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

In the top photo, Sheriff Rick Whitney of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office NY, and Kim Strauser from the Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (ACASA), collect substances at the Angelica Fire and Rescue station.

In the bottom photo, Jon Chaffee, Partners for Prevention in Allegany County (Ppac Central) coordinator, and Cuba Police Department Officers Seth Farrand and Kendra Waters were at the Cuba Fire Department.

In addition to the Take Back Days, 12 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 NicholsonPharmacy Gift, 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.
– Fillmore: Fillmore Pharmacy, 10560 State Route 19-South.
– Friendship: Friendship Pharmacy, 9 West Main Street.
– Wellsville: Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main Street, and the Wellsville N.Y. Police Department, 46 South Main Street.

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.

Photos: Ppac Central.
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