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Don’t be an accidental drug dealer

September 29, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

When was the last time you looked in your medicine cabinet? How many little orange bottles are in there? Do you know the contents of each, and more importantly, do you still need them?

Take a look. You wouldn't want to become an accidental drug dealer.

This Saturday, Sept. 29, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Please help our community stay safe, healthy and vibrant by safely disposing of your unused or no-longer-needed prescription medication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New York State Police offices in Ray Brook.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

On April 28 of this year, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Without a doubt, the simple act of doing a medication inventory and safely disposing of the unwanted and unused prescription drugs has saved lives. The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Don't let your home become an accidental distributor.

For up-to-date information on other participating sites, visit www.dea.gov, click on the "Got Drugs?" and follow the links to a database to enter ZIP code or county.

A simple look could save a life.

Doug Haney

Lake Placid-Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition (CYC)

Saranac Lake

 
 

 

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