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Take Back Drugs takes in almost 250 lbs.

John Christensen
The Chronicle-Express

PENN YAN — Over 100 people stopped at the drive-through “Take Back Drugs” event Saturday, Oct. 24. Yates County Court Security Supervisor Sgt. Diana DeKay and Officer Derek Christensen worked the four-hour event filling several large cardboard boxes with expired or unneeded drugs.

“We had 101 people turn in 243 lbs. of unused or unwanted medications,” says Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike.

After collection, the drugs were locked in the YCSO evidence room until they could be officially weighed. Criminal Investigation Division Officers then delivered them to the DEA for destruction in Buffalo.

“I thank our officers assigned to the detail, and additionally a big ‘Thank You’ to our community for the great response to take-back meds as our goal to prevent increased pill abuse, misuse, and theft; while also addressing vital issues of public safety, public health, and looking out for the environment,” said Sheriff Spike.