PULASKI — The Oswego County Prevention Coalition has partnered with the village of Pulaski Police Department to install a new prescription drug disposal dropbox.located inside the entrance of the town clerk’s office, across the street from the Springbrook Apartments senior living facility.
The dropbox is anonymous and requires no paperwork to drop off medications. A citizen need simply to walk inside the department and drop the medications still inside their original containers, officials said.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, consumers were previously told to flush unwanted drugs. Despite technological advances and research, low levels of drugs have been found in New York waters and when a drug is simply tossed in the trash, it leaves the risk of someone else finding it and abusing it. The safest way to dispose of these drusg are these public dropboxes where they are disposed of by local police.
Oswego County Prevention Coalition Project Coordinator Tyler Ahart said that dropboxes are a big part of reducing the prevalence of illegally obtained opioids in Oswego County.
“The majority of adolescent opioid abuse begins with in-home access, so it is important to properly dispose of these substances when an individual completes their prescription,” Ahart said, noting without these community partnerships and the support from local law enforcement, these projects that serve to benefit Oswego County would not be possible.
There are two additional prescription disposal dropboxes at the Oswego City Police Department and the Fulton City Police Department. In just a six-month time period, the combined efforts of both the Oswego city dropbox and the Fulton city dropbox have collected and incinerated roughly 118 pounds of both prescription and over the counter medications.
For more information on reducing substance abuse in Oswego County, contact the Oswego County Prevention Coalition at 315-342-4489.