Orleans sheriff sets drug-take back event

ALBION — The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office will participate Oct. 23 in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The Take-Back Day will be conducted 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the county Public Safety Building at 13925 Route 31. The public may dispose of unwanted and expired medications and sharps.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the collection will be a drive-thru event. All medications and sharps will be collected from participants at their vehicles.

The public is asked to wear face coverings while participating.

Sheriff Christopher Bourke said this event is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is a great opportunity for the public to surrender unwanted and/or expired medications and sharps for safe and proper disposal,” sheriff’s officials said in a news release. “Events such as these have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion, abuse, as well as increasing awareness of this critical public health issue.

“The only authorized collection site for this event will be located at the Orleans County Public Safety Building, they continued. “ We apologize for any inconvenience of not having multiple collection locations for this event and thank the community for your understanding.”

The Drug Take-Back Day takes place twice a year.

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