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Nearly 700 pounds of prescription drugs turned in Saturday for Drug Take-Back Day

Staff Reports Posted 2 May 2019 at 3:49 pm

Photo from Orleans County Sheriff’s Office: Orleans County Jail Sergeant Tony Mignano, Undersheriff Chris Bourke, Chief Deputy Michael Mele and Jail Superintendent Scott Wilson (kneeling) are pictured with some of the prescription drugs that have been turned in.

ALBION – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office once again participated in the National Prescription Take-Back Event that was sponsored by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

The collection event yielded over 676 pounds of unused medication and sharps on Saturday with collection sites at the Orleans County Public Safety Building, Medina Fire Department and Holley Fire Department.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office has participated in the National Prescription Take-Back Program since 2012 and has collected a combined weight of over 7,500 pounds of unused medications and sharps. 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 Undersheriff Chris Bourke.

“In addition, The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Medina and Holley Fire Departments for supporting this initiative by allowing the Sheriff’s Office to use their facilities as collection locations,” he said. “We would further like to thank the Drug Free Communities Coalition for providing advertising and volunteers at each collection site to assist with the event.”

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