Sheriff, DEA plan Oct. 29 Drug Take Back

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike announces a partnership again with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to participate in a Prescription Drug "Take-Back" Day for the collection of unused prescription drugs at "free" drop-off site Saturday,October 29,2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the rear of Yates County Courthouse at 415 Liberty Street, in Penn Yan.

During this initiative Sheriff’s deputies will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at this site, free and anonymously, no questions asked. This is a “drive-thru” type event.

“This partnership once again with DEA is important for the community in order to prevent increased pill abuse, misuse and theft, while addressing a vital public safety and health issue, and preventing the environmental issue of flushing drugs down the toilet” said Sheriff Spike, “We must continually use all resources to combat the misuse of narcotics and stimulants.”

This will be the third event held in Yates County since the first in fall of 2010 and second the spring of this year. Those previous were very successful with 75 pounds collected at the first and 126 pounds at the second. All drugs collected will be taken by the DEA for immediate legal destruction.

“The DEA is making a nationwide effort once again and the Sheriff’s Office is glad to partner with them,” said Spike “This is a great opportunity for those who accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them.”