On Saturday, October 27 the Allegany County Fall Pill Drop was held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Canaseraga and Cuba were chosen for the fall locations. The pill drop event allows the community to drop off unused, expired, or unwanted medications and provides the opportunity for education on the location of the pill drop boxes in the various communities. In Cuba there is a drop box located at the Cuba Police Department, 15 Water Street. For Canaseraga residents the closest pill drop boxes are located at the Fillmore Pharmacy, 10560 Route 19 and at the Dansville Police Department, 14 Clara Barton Street. The pill drop boxes are available for anyone to use.
This event was held in partnership with the Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc.(ACASA), the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, the Cuba Police Department, and Partners for Prevention in Allegany County(PPAC). Medications were accepted from 10am to 2pm, and between the two locations, a total of 32 cars stopped and 66.4 pounds of medications were collected.
“The Cuba Police Department is proud to partner with PPAC for the Allegany County Pill Drops. We also recognize the importance of our drop box located in our lobby. These services bring us together with local, state, and federal partners to fight the abuse of prescription drugs that is fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic. These are small, but vital steps that help reduce the chances of prescription medications being misused,” stated Chief Dustin Burch of the Cube Police Department.
Each car that stopped received a Take It To The Box magnet, which lists all of the pill drop box locations throughout Allegany County. In addition to those previously mentioned, there are boxes at: the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and Nicholson’s Pharmacy in Belmont, Alfred Pharmacy and Alfred State’s Office of University Police, Friendship Pharmacy, Jones Memorial Medical Practice in Bolivar, Wellsville Police Department and the Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. This calendar year, 1,351 pounds of medications have been collected from the pill drop box locations.
The pill drop events and boxes are completely anonymous and confidential. Once the Sheriff’s Office has collected the medications, they are transported to an undisclosed location for incineration. Incinerating the medications makes them harmless to the environment. “The pill drop events allow us to educate the community on safe disposal and where the drop boxes are located” states PPAC Coordinator Jonathan Chaffee. “There was one prescription turned in that had 1975 as its year of being prescribed, which tells me that education on disposing of medications is still needed.”
“The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Canaseraga and Cuba community for utilizing the pill drops to safely dispose of their unwanted medications,” stated Undersheriff Kevin Monroe. “By collecting and destroying these substances, we greatly reduce the amount available to find their way onto our streets and into the hands of our youth.”
The agencies involved would like to send out a special “Thank You” to the Canaseraga and Cuba Fire Departments for giving us a space to hold the pill drop events. The next pill drop event will not be until April, 2019. More information about the pill drop box locations can be found at https://ppaccentral.org/pill-drop-locations/.