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Sheriff's office schedules Drug 'Take-Back Day' April 30

QUEENSBURY - The Warren County Sheriff's office is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back day next Saturday, April 30, and area citizens are encouraged to participate.

This event follows a prior one held about six months ago that area law enforcement officials said was a substantial success.

All are welcome to drop off unused prescription drugs, for safe disposal, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 in the lobby of the sheriff's office. It is located in the county Public Safety Building at 1400 State Route 9, on the north end of the county Municipal Center campus.

No questions will be asked and drop-off will be anonymous, according to a press release issued on behalf of Sheriff Bud York.

The sheriff's office is particularly seeking the disposal of drugs that are subject to misuse and abuse, including painkillers and mood-enhancing or psychoactive drugs, according to the press statement.

Another reason for the Take-Back event is that left-over prescriptions can be harmful or fatal when taken in error, or not under a doctor's oversight.

Also, they can taint public water supplies when flushed down the sink or toilet - a growing concern nationally. Antibiotics, when released in the sewer or groundwater, are believed to spur the development of "superbugs" that are resistant to most known medicines.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring the event jointly with local governments, various public health and law enforcement agencies.

Inquiries on the event may be directed to Sgt. Steven Stockdale or Sgt. Tony Breen at 743-3510.

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