Countywide drug takeback event is Saturday, April 24

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Tomorrow (Saturday, April 24) is Cortland County’s spring drug takeback event.

Don’t forget to bring your unused, unwanted or expired medications by one of four convenient drop-off locations in the area.

Full details below in the story from Tuesday:

Original story – April 20, 2021

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Cortland County will join onto the DEA’s 20th annual DEA National Drug Takeback Event this Saturday (April 24).

Residents can bring any unused, unneeded, or expired prescription and/or nonprescription drugs by one of four convenient locations:

  • Cortlandville Fire Station 999 Route 13, Cortland 9am – 1pm
  • Marathon High School 1 Park St., Marathon 9am – 12pm
  • Cincinnatus Fire Dept. 5722 Telephone Rd. 9am – 12pm
  • Homer Town Hall 31 North Main St., Homer 9am – 12pm

There are also five permanent medication drop-box kiosks up throughout the year:

  • Cortland County Sheriff’s Office, 54 Greenbush Street (Monday-Sunday, 24hrs)
  • City of Cortland Police Department, 25 Court Street (Monday-Sunday, 24hrs)
  • Village of Homer Police Department, 43 James Street (Monday-Friday 8am-4pm)
  • Guthrie Cortland Medical Center ER, 134 Homer Ave (Monday-Sunday, 24hrs)
  • SUNY Cortland Police Department, 4 Pashley Drive (Whitaker Hall) (Monday-Sunday, 24hrs)

The Cortland County Drug Disposal Program was created to address this growing concern for unused prescription and over-the-counter medication.

When prescription medications are easily available they can be used for purposes other than their original intent, increasing the chances of misuse.

Flushing unused medicines down the toilet or crushing them and mixing them with coffee grounds or kitty litter was once the preferred method of disposal.

Unfortunately, studies have now found that these methods of disposal are no longer safe for the environment.

For many years, Cortland Area Communities That Care (CACTC) and partners across the community have been working on opioid prevention.

This partnership between Cortland Prevention Resources, law enforcement, CACTC and community volunteers is responsible for the disposal of thousands of pounds of unsure prescription medications, in order to ensure they are kept out of the hands of youth and are safely disposed of.

For more, visit the Drug and Sharps Disposal Page on the Healing Cortland website.

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