The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County and the Ontario County Sherriff’s Office are pleased to announce the collection of unwanted prescription drug medication this past Saturday, April 28th at the “Medication Take Back” event held at the Canandaigua Wegmans.
Through the support of community members, 850.5 pounds of unwanted medication was collected from 366 participants. Thank you to Wegmans for hosting the event, Home Depot in Victor for donating boxes and the anonymous community member who dropped off coffee, donuts and orange juice for the volunteers. Thank you to the Canandaigua Police Department, Office for the Aging, Ontario County Sheriff recruits and coalition volunteers for assisting with the event.
Since 2010, the Medication Take Back Program sponsored by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and the Partnership for Ontario County has collected 11 tons of medication or the equivalent of the weight of 5 average size cars. Medications have been collected at the mobile take back days as well as the medication drop boxes throughout the county.
According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, 3% to 7% of all medications go unused. Some of these unsecured drugs end up in the hands of young people in our community, in our drinking water, involved in accidental poisonings, taken from our seniors or are otherwise improperly disposed of. The issue affects many in our community and has promoted this collaboration of agencies and individuals to address the problem and ultimately plan this drug drop off event.