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Steuben County collects nearly 800 lbs of medications on Drug Take Back Day

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Nearly 800 pounds of unwanted medications were collected in Steuben County during the Drug Take Back Day event last Saturday. Residents brought unused and expired medications to the Steuben County Public Safety Building, where they were accepted by the county sheriff’s office, the Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee, and the New York National Guard Counter Drug Task Force from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The event, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), allowed participants to remain anonymous and dispose of their medications safely, with no questions asked. According to Connie Terry, coordinator for the Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee, the turnout of 781 pounds significantly surpassed the previous event’s collection of 81 pounds last fall.

All collected medications were transported to the DEA’s Rochester office by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, where they were weighed and incinerated following Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. The event was hailed as a success for both public safety and environmental protection.



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