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What’s in your medicine cabinet?

Youngsville police will collect unused prescription meds

September 20, 2010
By BRIAN FERRY bferry@timesobserver.com
The Youngsville Borough Police department is teaming up with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give the people of Warren County a chance to clean up a drug problem. “You could be a drug dealer and not even know it,” according to a release from DEA. “Your medicine cabinet could be the neighborhood dealer.” As part of the nationwide Take Back Initiative, Youngsville Police Chief Todd Mineweaser said police will collect unused and expired prescription medications at the department at Island Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. All prescription medications may be taken anonymously to the drop-off, according to DEA. “The DEA is particularly interested in medications containing controlled substances, but we will accept any medicines brought for disposal. All sites will take pills of all kinds. Needles will not be accepted.” “We will ask no questions about what you bring for disposal,” DEA said in the release. According to DEA, local law enforcement agents will handle any situations in which marijuana or other street drugs are brought to the collections. The Youngsville location is the only place in Warren County where drugs will be collected. The Chautauqua County, N.Y., Sheriff’s Office will hold a collection at the Chautauqua Mall at the same time. The local departments are providing the locations and some manpower. DEA will handle the disposal of the drugs. “They’ll take them and have them disposed of,” Mineweaser said. The drugs will be incinerated “according to federal and state environmental guidelines,” the release said. DEA does not advise keeping expired medications against later need. “Having unused or old medicines in the house increases the risk of accidental poisoning or abuse,” according to the release. “You can overdose and die on a prescription narcotic as easily as heroin.” “This is something that’s been needed around here for a long time,” Mineweaser said. “If we can prevent a few people from taking them, we’ve done our job.” “Seven of the 10 most commonly abused drugs by teenagers are prescription medications,” the release said. “People are getting high by raiding medicine cabinets of friends and family.” More information about the program is available by visiting www.dea.gov.

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