Thursday, August 25, 2016
(Liberty, NY) - The Sullivan County Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force of the Rural Health Network, Catholic Charities of Orange & Sullivan, and the Sullivan County Sheriffs are again partnering to announce another Drug Take Back Day to be held Saturday, Aug 27th at various locations throughout the county from 12:30pm- 4:30pm pm, with temporary one day locations at the Jeff Pharmacy (1-3 pm) in Jeffersonville and at the DPW Monticello Transfer Station (12:30-4:30 pm).
In addition, thanks to the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office, Public Health Services, and Joseph Todora, Commissioner of the Division of Health & Family Services (who is also a member of the Task Force), a fourth Drop Box has been permanently placed in the lobby of the Department of Family Services, Travis Building, 16 Community Lane, Liberty. Prescription and non-prescription drugs can be disposed of without questions in this drop box during business hours, 8 am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.
NEW DROP BOX at Dept. of Family Services
Well over 500 pounds of unwanted prescription medications have been collected over the past year as a result of numerous sponsored Take Back Days and the 24/7 availability of Drug Drop Boxes placed throughout the county. Sullivan County Public Health Director, Nancy McGraw, would like to thank the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, Catholic Charities of Orange & Sullivan, and members of the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force for making this a successful public health initiative. “It is because of the efforts of caring, concerned public officials and community leaders working together that we have been able to make a difference for our communities.
We have not only reduced the likelihood of prescription drugs falling into the wrong hands and being abused or sold, but have improved access for residents for safe disposal sites; we are also protecting the environment at the same time because people are not flushing them or throwing them in the garbage which ends up in a landfill.” This is a perfect example of what a community can do when the right partners get together and take action on an important issue affecting the health and safety of our residents.”
For more information on this event or meeting dates and times of the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, please call the Rural Health Network Coordinator at 845 292-5910 x2222 at Sullivan County Public Health Services.