650 pounds of pills, sharps collected at Drug Take Back event

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 October 2020 at 3:39 pm

ALBION – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office collected 650 pounds of unused medication and sharps last Saturday during a drive-through Drug Take Back event at the Public Safety Building.

There were about 100 vehicles that pulled in with residents dropping off unused pills and sharps, said Sheriff Chris Bourke.

Law enforcement this year has now collected 1,057 pounds of unused or expired medication, and sharps, Bourke said.

The medication will be incinerated. The Drug Take Back events are a chance to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal and help prevent prescription drug abuse, accidental poisoning and also protect the environment.

About 9,500 pounds of medication and needles have now been collected in the county since 2012, Bourke said.

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