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Don’t hoard pills: Events allow people to properly dispose of unused medications

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An event held last month for people to properly dispose of prescription medication resulted in more 150 pounds of pills being collected at the Ogdensburg Fire Hall.

To gain a perspective on how many pills were dropped off, contemplate that number again: 150 pounds!

State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, has played a leading role in organizing a series of Shed the Med events throughout the north country. She has worked 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County Sheriff’s Department, Gouverneur Hospital and Gouverneur police in proving a way for people to get rid of outdated or otherwise unused medications.

“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,” Sen. Ritchie said in a press release. “I’m hopeful that these additional events will be just as successful and will result in safer homes and safer communities overall.”

This is an excellent way to dispose of pills in a responsible manner. It’s encouraging that so many pills were collected in Ogdensburg as it shows that Sen. Ritchie along with the medical and police officials grasp the need for this.

The next two events will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Carthage Area Hospital, 1001 West St., and Sept. 16 at Gouverneur Hospital, 77 West Barney St. Unwanted drugs also may be dropped off at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, 753 Waterman Drive, Watertown, or at Canton’s Public Safety Building, 48 Court St.

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