WATERLOO — People looking to dispose of unwanted medication have another option to do so in Seneca County.
County Undersheriff Gary Sullivan said a drop-off kiosk was placed in the county office building on DiPronio Drive recently. Last month, the sheriff’s office put one at the law enforcement center on Route 96 in Romulus.
“Residents can now drop off unused medications at any time throughout the year, safely and securely, at either site and get them out of their homes, where they could fall into the wrong hands,” Sullivan said. “Already, we have seen our collection site at the sheriff’s office becoming popular, and with this new location at the county office building, residents in the north end of Seneca County can now take advantage of this service.”
The kiosks are designed to accept excess and expired prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medicine. Sheriff Jack Stenberg said the secure kiosks were installed due in part to high turnouts at drive-through collections held periodically.
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national survey on drug use and health, more than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Among 12- to 17-years-olds, 7.4 percent report non-medical use of prescription drugs.
“Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety,” Stenberg said. “More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. Now Seneca County citizens won’t have to wait for a specific take-back day to clean out their medicine cabinets.”
The kiosk at the county office building is on the ground floor, near the DMV office. Sheriff’s office security staffers there will assist residents.
Sullivan said no one should worry about bringing items through security screening.
“There will be no questions asked of residents who bring medications to be dropped off,” he said.