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Successful drug collection efforts continue in Ontario County

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County and the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce the collection of unwanted prescription drug medication this past Saturday at the “Medication Take Back” event in the Town of Richmond/Hamlet of Honeoye.

Through the support of community members, we collected over 132 pounds of unwanted medication and had 77 participants.   Thank you to the Town of Richmond and the Honeoye Lake Rotary for hosting this event.

Since 2010, the Medication Take Back Program sponsored by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and the Partnership for Ontario County have collected 8 tons of medication or the equivalent of approximately 3 elephants of unused, unwanted or expired medications.  Medications have been collected at the mobile take back days as well as the medication drop boxes throughout the 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 of agencies and individuals to address the problem and ultimately plan this drug drop off event.

A special thank you goes to the many volunteers from the Honeoye Lake Rotary who supported this event.

Unwanted medication can also be dropped off at the permanent collection boxes located at the following locations:

  • Bristol Town Hall (Open Monday – Friday from 8am – 12pm, 1:30pm – 4pm)
  • Geneva:
    • Police Station (Open 24 hours a day)
    • North Street Pharmacy (Open Monday – Friday from 9am – 6pm)
  • Canandaigua:
    • DMV Office (Open Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm)
    • FLCC (Keuka Wing, near gym, Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 9pm)
    • The Medicine Shoppe (Open Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm, Saturday, 10am – 1pm)
    • Mental Health Clinic at the County Complex (Building 3019, Open Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 5pm)
    • Thompson Hospital (Lobby near the ATM, Open Daily 6:30am – 8:30pm)
  • Farmington/Canandaigua – State Police Barracks (Open 24 hours a day)
  • Clifton Springs Hospital (Lobby near the ATM, Open 24 hours a day)
  • Rushville – Village Hall (Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 4:30pm)
  • Victor – Mead Square Pharmacy (Open Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm & Saturday, 9am – 4pm)

Thank you for continuing your support of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, if you have participated in any take back events or seen our “Monitor, Secure and Dispose Campaign,” please let us know what you think by taking a brief 5 question survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSDSpring2017.

To learn more about our Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, please contact Petrea Rae, Coalition Coordinator at petrea.rae@gmail.com or 585-396-4554.

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is an initiative of the Partnership for Ontario County.

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 of Ontario County, Youth Clubhouse, Family Support Centers, Community Support Center, Journey through Loss Support Group and Youth Mental Health First Aid.  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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