The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, an initiative of the Partnership for Ontario County, are pleased to announce the next Prescription Drug Take Back Day for Saturday, September 24th at the Victor Village Hall from 9am – 12pm.
The purpose of this event is to collect and properly dispose of unwanted, unused and outdated prescription, pet and over –the-counter medications. The collected medications will be delivered to Covanta Niagara, via the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and once there, immediately incinerated. Consequently, there is no need to obscure any identifying information on the containers themselves.
Household waste, pesticides, etc. will not be collected at this event. Residents that have mercury or mercury containing devices will be instructed to hold that material until the next Ontario County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection day.
For this event, volunteers and signs will direct community members to drop off site of the Victor Village Hall. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department will supervise the collection and pharmacists will be available for any questions.
Since 2010, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and the Partnership for Ontario County have collected over 11,000 lbs of unwanted medication in Ontario County. According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, 3 to 7% of all medications go unused. Some of these unsecured drugs end up in the hands of young people in our community, in our drinking water, involved in accidental poisonings, taken from our seniors or are otherwise improperly disposed of drugs.
The issue affects many in our community and has promoted this collaboration to address the problem and to hold prescription drug take back days. In addition to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County and the Victor Village Hall, additional support includes: Covanta Niagara Center, Thompson Health, Ontario County Office for the Aging, Ontario County Public Health, Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, Lifetime Care, Sustainable Finger Lakes and others.
Additional prescription drug take back days will be held throughout the next year. Please watch for more information.
About The Partnership for Ontario County
The Partnership for Ontario County has served Ontario County as an independent 501c3 since 1998. The organization serves youth, families and communities in Ontario County through programs and affiliations. The programs under its umbrella include; The Ontario County Youth Court, The Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Youth Clubhouse, Family Support Centers, Never Alone, and an initiative known as With Youth For Youth (WYFY). In addition, the Partnership serves as the fiscal agent for Nowhere to Go, an initiative to work with the unsheltered homeless). For more information visit: www.partnershipforontariocounty.org.
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