What is becoming an annual event in Wayne County and across the United States, residents are urged to bring their unused prescription medications to a local drop off site this Saturday, April 29th.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has developed a national take-back initiative, creating the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.
With the rise in opioid drug abuse, the need for these events has become more important than ever before.
“The need for prescription pill take backs is a result in the number of new drugs on the market along with a huge increase in the use and illegal sale of prescription drugs,” said Newark Police Cheif David Christler. “Amphetamines and Opioids seem to top the list.”
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday all Wayne County Law Enforcement Agencies will offer the opportunity to prevent drug abuse and theft of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs from their homes. Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said the drug take backs also help prevent the polluting of landfills and water supplies.
“If you have prescription drugs or medications that are no longer needed or used, please use this disposal service to rid your home of any unneeded medications,” the sheriff added.
The events are made possible thanks to “law enforcement partnerships working together to provide service to our communities,” Virts said.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Law enforcement will be at all locations to receive and dispose of old and/or no longer used medication and prescription drugs.
“ The hope is to reduce the availability of the unused medications,” Christler said. “When they sit around the house others seem to find them and use them.”
Bring your expired, unused and unwanted medications for disposal to the following locations;
Clyde PD: Galen’s Express Lane, 17 Sodus Street, Clyde
Sheriff’s: Lyons National Bank, 2 Forgham St. (Rt.31), Lyons
Macedon PD: Public Safety Bldg., 1620 Wayneport Road, Macedon
Newark PD: Wegman’s, 800 West Miller Street, Newark
NYSP: Williamson Barracks, 3957 Rt. 104, Williamson
Palmyra PD: Police Station, 144 East Main Street, Palmyra
Sodus PD: Village Highway Bldg., 39 Gaylord Street, Sodus
Sheriff’s: Ontario Substation, 1850 Ridge Road, Ontario
Wolcott PD: Police Station, 6015 New Hartford St., Wolcott
It’s likely impossible to say how effective the take back days are, but Chief Christler believes they are helping.
“ Judging how effective it is to collect unused prescription drugs is similar to how effective the use of seatbelts is,” he said. “We know we are saving lives but we cannot come up with a number. Myself, I believe this is a great service to the community.”
– Tammy Whitacre, FingerLakes1.com