The next medication collection event is Saturday, April 29th. Your unused or expired prescription medications, over the counter medications, and pet medications can be dropped off at Cortlandville Fire Department from 9am-1pm or Cincinnatus Fire Department from 9am-12pm.
Have you ever considered the safety of your medicine cabinet? Although most people take prescription medication responsibly under a doctor’s care, there has been a rise in non-medical use of prescription or over the counter drugs. Non-medical use of prescription drugs can lead to addiction or even be lethal. Commonly misused prescriptions medications include those that are intended to relieve pain, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
According to our most recent youth development survey, in Cortland County, 1 in 4 teens that have abused prescription drugs got them from home. There are simple actions you can take to increase awareness in preventing teens from gaining access. First, have open conversations about appropriate and inappropriate use of medications with friends and family. Inform your loved ones that misuse of medications can be just as dangerous as using illegal drugs. Second, ask your health provider if any medications prescribed for you or your family have a potential to be addictive. Finally, be familiar with the warning signs of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse. Warning signs may include withdrawal from normal activities, irritability, unusual requests for money, unexplained changes in friends, and frequent nasal or sinus infections.
- Lock your medicine cabinet- Prevent others from using your medications by securing it in a place children and others cannot access.
- Take inventory-Routinely take inventory of the type and amount of medications you currently have and check regularly to ensure that nothing is missing.
- Proper disposal- Dispose of medications at a community drop box site or disposal event.
The next takeback event is Saturday, April 29th. Your unused or expired prescription medications, over the counter medications, and pet medications can be dropped off at Cortlandville Fire Department from 9am-1pm or Cincinnatus Fire Department from 9am-12pm.
You can safely dispose of your medications at one of Cortland County’s YEAR ROUND drop box sites:
- Cortland County Sheriff’s Department
- City of Cortland Police Department
- Village of Homer Police Department
- SUNY Cortland Police Department
In addition, if you’re interested in finding out more about opiate and heroin addiction, please attend our next community forum which will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd beginning at 6pm at the Cortland Elks Club. Many sectors of our community including prevention, treatment, law enforcement, and poison control will be there to answer questions and concerns around this growing topic.
For more information and resources visit the website at www.cortlandareactc.org/RX
Written by: Monica Nouvong (CACTC) and Linnay Harmer (Cortland Prevention Resources)