ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV)– Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol is reminding everyone that they can safely dispose of any unused or expired medications at an event this Saturday, April 24th, from 10:00am until 2:00pm. This event, held at Union Station located at 321 Main Street in Utica, will be a drive thru event. You will be able to drop off your items without even having to get out of your car. As part of the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day, events such as this will be taking place all across America on the 24th.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The Oneida County Prevention Team which is a sub-group of the Oneida County Opioid Task Force in collaboration with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Utica Police Department, and Center For Family Life and Recovery are working together to “Take Back” unused/or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications, including pet medications.