There will be a drgu take-back day in Essex County April 28.
Local law enforcement will be teaming up with The Prevention Team to help dispose of old prescriptions.
The Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Ticonderoga Police Department, Lake Placid Police Department, Moriah Police Department and Prevention Team will join forces as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 28.
Doug Terbeek, Executive Director of the Prevention, said that after their take-back day last October, local law enforcement officials were happy to work together with the organization to host another.
“The police departments in Ticonderoga and Lake Placid came on board right away to host take-back sites,” Terbeek said. “The Essex County Sheriff’s Department has gone above and beyond with their operation of three drop-off sites in the county.”
Take-Back Day will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Ticonderoga Police will host prescription take-backs at their offices, as well the Lake Placid Police Department. The Moriah Police Department will have their take-back location at the Town Hall in Port Henry, while the Sheriff’s Department will have sited at the Town of Jay community center in Au Sable Forks, Kinney Drugs in Elizabethtown and the town offices in Minerva.
Last October, almost 100 pounds of prescription drugs were collected in Essex County.
“I strongly urge the citizens of Essex County to avail themselves of this program,” Sheriff Richard Cutting said.
The sheriff added that Take-Back day gives law enforcement an avenue to help dispose of old prescription drugs, which have the potential to be abused.
“All too often, we receive calls about what to do with legal drugs that are no longer taken or that once belonged to a loved one who has since passed,” he said. “Previously, we were at a loss for an answer. Now we have this tremendous program to safely take these drugs off shelves and out of medicine cabinets and ultimately out of the hands of those who would possess them unknowingly or illegally.”
According to the prevention team, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high.
“Proper disposal of expired medications ensures that individuals do not take a medication that could be potentially harmful,” Grant Martin, the pharmacist at Elizabethtown Community Hospital, said. “Many medications decompose after the expiration date and will not provide the response they are intended to. Some can even be toxic. This take back program is something that can and should be utilized by everyone.”
Ticonderoga Police Chief Mark Johns encouraged residents to turn in their medications so that there will be fewer drugs available in the community that can be stolen and used illegally.
“It’s especially important for seniors to have this option, as they are more vulnerable to prescription drug theft,” Johns said.
The Prevention Team is working with law enforcement agencies, the Lake Placid-Wilmington CYC, local government and other community groups to inform the public of the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse and the need get unused Rx drugs out of homes for proper disposal.
For more information on the Nationwide Rx Drug Take Back Day in Essex County, contact Mac MacDevitt at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-5606.