posted on September 26, 2012 12:49
U.S. Attorney Bill Hochul was in Batavia today to discuss the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
The event this Saturday asks Genesee County residents to turn over their unused prescription drugs for proper disposal.
Hochul says that prescription pharmaceutical abuse is an epidemic, with overdosing leading to more fatalities than car accidents and shootings.
He says unused prescription drugs can get in the wrong hands.
“Two out of three teenagers say that their addiction began with prescription pills of the opiate class that they obtained from either family or friends," he said. "We may, in effect, be preventing the next possible addict from taking that first pill.”
Seizing unused prescription drugs also serves an environmental purpose: proper disposal prevents drugs from reaching water resources.
Last April, the DEA collected six tons of unwanted prescription drugs in GeneseeCounty alone – the highest total in the country. Hochul says that Genesee County does not have a problem with prescription drug abuse, but rather the joint effort of local enforcement has helped with the beneficial turnover of opiates.
Drop off locations this Saturday are at the Batavia Police Department, LeRoy Police Department and Pembroke Town Highway Barns.
More information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day can be found here.