Take back day for unwanted medications

The Chronicle Express

Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Yates County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 

The annual spring event had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Sheriff Ron Spike advises that disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash may pose potential environmental, safety, and health hazards.

Bring your over-the-counter, pet, and prescription medications for disposal at the rear of the Yates County Courthouse at 415 Liberty Street, Penn Yan where YCSO uniform officers will greet you with masks on for safety at the drive-through event and take it for proper disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no exit of your vehicle, and no questions asked.

Other permanent drug drop-box locations are also available from the Sheriff’s Office at the Public Safety building in Penn Yan 24-7 and Monday – Friday at the Starkey Town Hall in the Dundee and the Rushville Village offices. These daily availability locations have been used by many, and we thank you for the proper disposal of meds.

DEA drug take-back