The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office, the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD), and Schuyler County Public Health are encouraging community members to participate in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Community members can drop off their expired, unused, or unwanted medications between 10 AM and 2 PM at the Beaver Dams Fire Department and Hector Fire Department. Community members who are trying to quit smoking are also able to dispose of tobacco products at the events.
“Medications that sit unused in homes can be dangerous,” warned Schuyler County Sheriff Kevin Rumsey. “They can end up being taken and abused by someone, or a child can end up taking them by accident and become extremely ill or worse.”
Free and anonymous medication disposal will be available during these events. Medications, ointments, and sprays will be accepted. Needles cannot be accepted. Tobacco products, except for e-cigarettes, will also be accepted at these events.
“We are happy the Sheriff’s Office was able to add tobacco take back services for the first time ever,” shared Schuyler County Public Health Director Jill Kasprzyk. “It is great that community members have the opportunity to take that first step toward quitting, by throwing out their cigarettes, chew, or other tobacco products.”
Community members can also dispose of unwanted, expired, and unused prescription drugs year-round by using the 24/7 confidential drop boxes available at the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office in Watkins Glen or in the foyer at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls.