The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, an initiative of the Partnership for Ontario County, announces the installation of a new medication drop box in Rushville. The new drop box is located at the Rushville Village Hall, and can be used during normal business hours, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

“We would like to thank the Village of Rushville as well as the Ontario County and Yates County Sheriff’s Department for collaborating on this effort to help prevent addiction, accidental poisoning, and protect the environment,” says Petrea Rae, Coalition Coordinator. “Additionally, we would like to thank the Yates Substance Abuse Coalition for spreading the word on this valuable prevention tool serving both Ontario and Yates Counties.”

Residents may bring their unwanted and expired medications to the box for proper disposal with no questions asked. Accepted items include prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, pet medications, medication samples, and inhalers. Thermometers, liquid medicine, sharps, hydrogen peroxide, and medical waste generated by businesses or clinics will not be accepted. Residents do not need to remove labels from containers; privacy will be maintained.

Coalition members remind residents to monitor, secure, and dispose of their medication to prevent addiction, accidental poisoning, and protect the environment. The Office of National Drug Control Policy cites proper medication disposal as one of four major action items for preventing prescription drug abuse.

For more information about the medication disposal program in your area, please visit www.substanceabusepreventioncoalitionofontariocounty.com/medication-drop-box-locations.

To learn more about the work of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, please contact the Partnership for Ontario County at 585-396-4554.

For more information visit: www.partnershipforontariocounty.org.