The Cortland County District Attorney’s Office released figures yesterday (December 12) from the Prescription Drug take back event held here in the County back on September 29.
The office says that event collected 1,200 pounds of prescription medications, which included many strong and potentially dangerous opioid painkillers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl patches, vicodin and others.
The D.A.’s office says it’s important to dispose of these medications safely when they’re no longer needed. They say many young people are introduced to their first illicit drug use, not from the streets, but from drugs found in their homes or the homes of family and friends.
Since this take-back program began in 2010, over nine tons of medications have been disposed of here in Cortland County.