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Press Release - Dispose of unwanted, unused, outdated drugs

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Seneca County Sheriff participates in National Drug Take Back Day October 26th, 2013 10AM-2PM

Again this year, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Drug Take Back Day on  Saturday, October 26th, 2013 from 10AM-2PM This most important program provides Seneca County citizens an opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs. There will be two collection sites. North Seneca County residents can drop off their drugs at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Waterloo station located at 44 West William Street, Waterloo, N.Y., 13165. South Seneca residents can drop off at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center located at 6150 Route 96, Romulus, N.Y. 14541There are no questions asked and no paperwork to fill out.  Please note that needles are not collected. Prescription drugs that have expired or are no longer being used can present potential health risks, especially if children in a home can access these drugs. Over 50 percent of adolescent misused prescription medications originate from the home. Removing these drugs from the home can help prevent pill misuse and reduce the risk of theft. Improper disposal of these drugs, such as flushing them, can cause environmental contamination.Last year, more than 188 tons of prescription drugs were brought to more than 5,000 take back disposal sites across the country. In Seneca County alone, over the past two years over 350 pounds of unused, expired and unwanted medications have been turned in for destruction.

Residents can dispose of unused, outdated, unwanted drugs at any time at two drug return kiosks located at either the Seneca County Sheriff's Office, 6150 State Route 96, Romulus, New York or at the Seneca County Office Building, 1 DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, New York during normal business hours.

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