BATAVIA — Genesee County law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The Drug Take Back day will take place at several locations throughout the county. It is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
Collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations, which include masks for citizens dropping off medication.
Locations will include:
n Pembroke Town Hall at routes 5 and 77. Staffed by Genesee County sheriff’s deputies.
n Alva Place parking lot, Batavia, across the street from Batavia Showtime movie theater at Genesee Country Mall. Sharps will also be accepted at this location only. Staffed by Batavia city police.
n Le Roy Police Department Headquarters, at 3 West Main St. Staffed by Le Roy police.
Only pills, tablets, capsules, patches and other solids will be accepted at the collection sites—liquids and needles or other sharps will not be unless noted. Vaping devices and cartridges will be accepted provided lithium batteries are removed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period.
The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency, but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic.
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.