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Safe Medication Disposal Collection Event, Saturday, April 28 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal has announced that the Slaterville Fire Station will host the Coalition’s spring collection event for unwanted medications next Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  The Slaterville Fire Station is located at 2681 Slaterville Road (Route 79), Slaterville Springs.

Tompkins County Sheriff’s Deputies and will be on-site to take custody of outdated or otherwise unwanted pharmaceuticals for safe destruction.  This event is conducted in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency's Take-Back Initiative. 

“Using this take-back event—or one of our year-round drop boxes—is the best way to safely dispose of unwanted and outdated medications in your home.  Doing so helps prevent illegal diversion, accidental poisoning, and environmental contamination.” says Ed Gottlieb, pre-treatment coordinator at the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, and chair of the Coalition, which has sponsored drug take-back events since 2010.

“Over-the-counter, prescription, and pet medications are all accepted.” explained Susan Dunlop, Community Health Nurse, at the Tompkins County Health Department and member of the Coalition.  “Even liquid medications, in tightly capped bottles, are accepted at events and drop boxes.”  Needles and other ‘sharps’ are not accepted.

Drop box locations and hours, along with disposal guidelines, are posted at the Coalition’s web page at, and also are available by calling 2-1-1. What can, and cannot, be placed in the box is also posted at each drop box location.

The Coalition also alerts the public to proposed legislation before the New York State Senate and Assembly—the Drug Take-Back Act (S.7354 / A.9576)— that, if passed, would require drug manufacturers to pay for take-back.  The proposed legislation would increase the availability of take-back throughout New York State and assure ongoing funding for local take-back efforts.  The Coalition supports passage of such legislation.