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Locations for free, safe disposal of pharmaceutical drugs expands in Onondaga County


Posted: October 17, 2017
Originally Published: October 17, 2017

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Unused or expired medications in our homes can lead to dangerous situations.

According to two Central New York organizations working to combat both drug abuse and misuse, and potential harm to the environment caused by improper pharmaceutical disposal.

Since the program launched in 2015, more than 3,500 pounds of unused and expired medications have been properly disposed. More than 1,000 pounds of needles or sharps have been collected and properly disposed of.

This all happening in a joint effort between the Citizens Campaign for the Environment along with Sharps, Needle, and Drug Disposal (SNADD).

With more locations available -- the group hopes to collect even more and help reduce the risk of drug abuse and misuse in our communities.

"If you just simply throw them out in the trash or leave stockpiles in your homes, young children can find them and you'll get a lot more accidental poisonings," said Hanna Ring, program coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment. "As well as people can abuse them more easily. they're easy to access."

Ring says there are more concerns in addition to drug abuse and misuse.

"Our municipal waste systems and the sewer treatment facilities can't treat pharmaceuticals waste so water that is contaminated with pharmaceuticals just gets dumped into our waterways -- it's harming fish and aquatic life," Ring explained. "While more research is needed on what the effects could be for human health from pharmaceuticals contaminated water, it is something we should be worried about."

To view the 12 drop-off locations and interactive map in Onondaga County, click here.

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