Sheriff’s office prepares for drug take back event

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ORISKANY, N.Y. — It’s as easy as taking your prescription drugs and dropping them off at the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, but what happens when people don’t safely dispose of them?

“Unused medications, depending on what they are, when left not only can be inviting for folks who are dealing with an addiction problem. They could also be taken accidentally by children,” said Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol. “You know, in the old days folks used to either flush the meds, which has shown it can get into our water system.”

That’s why tomorrow the office will host their 14th prescription drug take back event, which encourages people to turn in any unused medication to the secure drop box.

“It’s an annual day that the DEA pushes,” Maciol said. “Although here in Oneida County we’ve got drop boxes throughout Oneida County where you can go to in some cases 24 hours a day.”

Maciol said events like this can help prevent issues that can help prevent issues that can happen if drugs are left in a home, or disposed of improperly.

“There’s a lot of bad things that can come out of folks not disposing of their medications,” he said.

And normally, the event has a large turn out.

“We’ve brought in several hundred pounds of unused medications, believe it or not,” Maciol said.

The drop off event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, but again, Maciol said there are ones that are open 24-7.

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