ALEXANDRIA BAY — Following a successful prescription drugs disposal drive in Ogdensburg in July, state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie is hosting a series of ‘Shed the Meds’ events in the north country with local law enforcement agencies and hospitals.
Those who wish to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs may attend the first event at River Hospital, 4 Fuller St., Alexandria Bay, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today.
“Here in our region, as well as across the state and our nation, we’re seeing more and more people struggling with addictions to prescription drugs. What’s even more troubling is the fact that the abuse of these medications can often times lead to the use of harder drugs like heroin,” Jefferson County Undersheriff Paul Trudeau said in a news release.
On July 22, thousands of pills totaling more than 150 pounds were collected at the Ogdensburg fire hall.
“Last month’s event in St. Lawrence County showed us there’s a real need for people to dispose of medications in a responsible way. I’m hopeful that these additional events will be just as successful and will result in safer homes and safer communities overall,” Sen. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, said in the release.
The ‘Shed the Meds’ events are being hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, River Hospital, Alexandria Bay police, Carthage Area Hospital, Carthage police, St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Gouverneur Hospital and Gouverneur police.
Two more prescription medication disposal events will be held — also from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — at the Carthage Area Hospital, 1001 West St., on Tuesday and at Gouverneur Hospital, 77 West Barney St. on Sept. 16.
Residents may also dispose of unwanted drugs at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, 753 Waterman Drive, Watertown, or at Canton’s Public Safety Building, 48 Court St.