The Yates County Sheriff’s Office will once again participate in conjunction with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) for the National Take-Back Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 22.

“I ask all Yates County residents to help reduce the availability of prescription (Rx) drugs in our community by safely disposing their unused, unwanted, and expired Rx drugs during this no cost event,” said Sheriff Ron Spike, “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse and this is a great opportunity for citizens to clean out their medicine cabinets and make sure that unused prescriptions don’t get misused, flushed into our water systems endangering our environment, or end up in the wrong hands.”

Residents can properly dispose of their expired or unused medications conveniently by bringing them to the rear of the Yates County Courthouse where officers from the Sheriffs Office will personally take them with no questions asked. This is a free event. They will thereafter be turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.

Other permanent drug drop-box locations are also available in Yates County at the Public Safety building in Penn Yan 24 hours per day and Monday through Friday at the Starkey Town Hall in Dundee.