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Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office will collaborate with local groups for drug take back event

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In response to the dangers posed by expired or unused medications, the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) and Schuyler County Public Health, has initiated a call to action for residents. They urge the community to partake in National Drug Take Back Day slated for Saturday, October 28, 2023.

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From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., individuals can safely discard unwanted medications at the Tyrone and Odessa Fire Departments. The initiative also accommodates the disposal of tobacco products, supporting those in their journey to quit.

Sheriff Kevin Rumsey emphasizes the risk of unattended medications, noting potential abuse or unintentional consumption leading to grave health consequences. The drive will offer free and anonymous disposal of medications, ointments, and sprays, though needles are excluded. Apart from e-cigarettes, tobacco products will be accepted. Public Health Director Jill Kasprzyk applauds the inclusion of the tobacco take back service, recognizing its significance for individuals seeking to renounce their tobacco habits.

Beyond the scheduled event, the community has 24/7 access to confidential drop boxes for unwanted medications located at various points including the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office and the Watkins Glen Village Police Department. SCCUDD remains committed to its mission of curbing substance use among youth and promoting drug-free avenues for their wellbeing. For more insights or engagement opportunities with SCCUDD, residents can explore their online platforms or follow their social media channels.