POTSDAM – Safe disposal of prescription drugs is “key in fighting the opioid epidemic facing the county,” according to a news release from the St. Lawrence County Bridge to Wellness Coalition.
“In today’s world, we know that prescription drugs play a significant role in treating conditions. However, when these medications are no longer needed or expired, it can be difficult to dispose of them properly, and very dangerous to keep in your home. If you or someone you care for has unused prescriptions or over the counter medications in your home, you should dispose of them as quickly as possible,” a release from the organization says.
In St. Lawrence County people can dispose of medications anytime at the County Sherriff’s Department drop box located at the Public Safety building that is open 24 hours a day. Additionally, Kinney Drugs accepts non-controlled substances at their pharmacies on the last Saturday of every month, and Bonaparte Pharmacy in Harrisville is a DEA Controlled Substance Public Disposal Location.
Medicine take-back programs like National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, or Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection events, provide opportunities to remove medications from homes. The next event is Sept. 16, at the Louisville Highway Garage in Massena. Find more information at www.NorthCountryRecycles.org.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers information on how to dispose of medicines properly when you are unable to attend disposal events. Visit the EPA’s website https://archive.epa.gov/region02/capp/web/pdf/ppcpflyer.pdf to learn more.