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More 600 pounds of unused medications turned in on Oct. 22

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 October 2016 at 8:16 am
Provided photo: The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office has unused medication boxed u and ready to be delivered to an incineration facility after the Drug Take-Back Day last Saturday. Pictured, from left, include: Christopher Shabazz, a correctional officer at the county jail; Scott Wilson, jail superintendent; and Michael Mele, chief deputy.

Provided photo: The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office has unused medication boxed up and ready to be delivered to an incineration facility after the Drug Take-Back Day last Saturday. Pictured, from left, include: Christopher Shabazz, a correctional officer at the county jail; Scott Wilson, jail superintendent; and Michael Mele, chief deputy.

ALBION – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office last Saturday participated in the National Prescription Take-Back Event that was sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The collection event yielded over 600 pounds of unused medication and sharps from five locations in Orleans County.

All collected medications were transported by the Sheriff’s Office to a designated incineration facility for destruction.

The National Prescription Take-Back Event has been very successful in Orleans County and has resulted more than 4,300 pounds of unused medications and sharps being turned in.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office will continue to support future collection events with the purpose of safely disposing unused medications and to reduce the potential for criminal diversion, said Sheriff Randy Bower.

On Oct. 22, drop-off sites included the Orleans County Public Safety Building in Albion, Holley Fire Hall, Kendall Fire Hall, Lyndonville Fire Hall and Medina Fire Hall.

“The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank all of the Fire Departments that participated in the event,” Bower said. “We would further like to thank the Drug Free Communities Coalition for providing volunteers at each collection site and the Orleans County Public Health Department for assisting in advertising the event.”

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