850.5 lbs collected by the Medication Take Back Program last Saturday in Canandaigua

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County and the Ontario County Sherriff’s Office are pleased to announce the collection of unwanted prescription drug medication this past Saturday, April 28th at the “Medication Take Back” event held at the Canandaigua Wegmans.

Through the support of community members, 850.5 pounds of unwanted medication was collected from  366 participants.   Thank you to Wegmans for hosting the event, Home Depot in Victor for donating boxes and the anonymous community member who dropped off coffee, donuts and orange juice for the volunteers.  Thank you to the Canandaigua Police Department, Office for the Aging, Ontario County Sheriff recruits and coalition volunteers for assisting with the event.

Since 2010, the Medication Take Back Program sponsored by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and the Partnership for Ontario County has collected 11 tons of medication or the equivalent of the weight of 5 average size cars.  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.  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.

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

  • Bristol Town Hall
  • Geneva:
    • Police Station
    • North Street Pharmacy
  • Canandaigua:
    • DMV Office
    • FLCC (Keuka Wing, near gym)
    • Police Station
    • The Medicine Shoppe
    • Mental Health Clinic at the County Complex
    • Thompson Hospital (Lobby near the ATM)
  • Farmington/Canandaigua – State Police Barracks
  • Clifton Springs Hospital (Lobby near the ATM)
  • Manchester/Shortsville
    • Red Jacket Pharmacy
  • Phelps Community Center
  • Richmond Town Hall
  • Rushville – Village Hall
  • Victor – Mead Square Pharmacy

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, Epic Zone (A Youth Clubhouse), Family Support Centers, Community Support Center, Journey through Loss Support Group, Youth Mental Health First Aid and the Suicide Prevention Coalition.  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.