CANANDAIGUA — The newest medication drop box in Ontario County is at the Canandaigua Police Department.
The box was provided by CVS Pharmacy through a grant to help support drug take-back initiatives across the country. Also involved in the effort was the Canandaigua PD, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, an initiative of the Partnership for Ontario County.
Coalition Coordinator Petrea Rae said the drop box is available 24/7 in the main lobby of the police station. To drop off unwanted or expired meds after normal business hours or on weekends, people will have to use the phone outside the main entrance and an officer will help them access the drop box with no questions asked.
“We are pleased to have this new location for residents to properly dispose of their medication,” Rae said. “We would like to remind residents to monitor, secure and dispose of their medication to prevent addiction, accidental poisoning and protect our environment.”
Accepted items include prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, pet meds, medication samples and inhalers. Thermometers, liquid medicine, sharps, hydrogen peroxide and medical waste generated by businesses or clinics will not be accepted.
Residents do not need to remove labels from containers. Privacy will be maintained.
Rae said the Office of National Drug Control Policy cites proper medication disposal as one of four major action items for preventing prescription drug abuse.
The drop box is one of 15 installed in the county in recent years. For more information about the medication disposal program in your area, see substanceabusepre ventioncoalitionofontario county.com/medication- drop-box-locations.
To learn more about the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, contact the Partnership for Ontario County at (585)396-4554.