Unused Medication Collection Expanded

Got PillsOn March 1, 2015 four locations in Cortland County will unveil medication disposal containers as part of a prescription medication collection expansion project. Disposal locations include: the City of Cortland Police Dept., SUNY Cortland Police Dept., the Cortland County Sheriff’s Dept., and the Village of Homer Police Dept. The project is a partnership between Cortland Area Communities That Care Coalition (CACTC) and Cortland Prevention Resources: a division of Family Counseling Services. It is an expansion of the biannual medication collection events in partnership with the Cortland County Sheriff’s Dept. and Cortland Regional Medical Center. The events, held in Cortlandville, Marathon and Cincinnatus, previously yielded over 10,000 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications. The disposal project was identified by CACTC’s Rx Taskforce in response to the large amount of medication collected at the biannually events.

“Increasing opportunities to safely and securely dispose of unused medication will help reduce potential diversion and abuse,” says Kimberly McRae Friedman, Director of Prevention and Taskforce Chairperson. The two primary goals of the project are reducing availability and accessibility to dangerous controlled substances and safely securing unused medication so it does not enter our precious water supply.

The community collaboration will likely increase the amount of medication collected annually.  Previous bi-annual collections began in 2009 in response to opiate abuse and addiction prevention and yielded between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds of unused medication per event. “We receive multiple calls per week asking when our next collection events will be held. Having the ability to immediately refer someone to one of these four locations is a great way to address the on-going disposal concern the community faces.”

Unused medication can be discarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the following locations:

  • City of Cortland Police Dept.
  • SUNY Cortland Police Dept.
  • Cortland County Sheriff’s Dept.

In addition, the Village of Homer Police Dept. will accept medication from 9am – 5pm Monday through Friday.

Accepted medications include controlled substances, over-the-counter meds, any pills, powders, liquids, inhalers, and pet medication. All medications must be in a sealed container to avoid spillage. Items NOT accepted include household hazardous waste, needles, and mercury products.

Cortland Prevention Resources is a division of Family Counseling Services and is located at 73 Main Street, Cortland. Additional information can be found at www.cortlandprevention.org or www.cortlandareactc.org or by calling 607-756-8970.

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