Prescription Take-Back Day in Seneca County

On April 28, 2012 the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in “National Take Back Day”. This is initiative is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to reduce issues related to prescription drugs.Sheriff’s Deputies will be on site for anyone who has any outdated, unused, expired prescriptions they wish to dispose of. Anyone may drop them off at either one of two locations in Seneca County between the hours of 10:00AM and 2:00 PM:Sheriff’s north substation, located at 44 West Williams Street, Waterloo, or at theSeneca County Law Enforcement Center, 6150 State Route 96, Romulus,Citizens will have the opportunity to prevent preseciption pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Sheriff Jack Stenberg encourages citizens to take full advantage of this service and that the initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards”, said Sheriff Stenberg.

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