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Law enforcement agencies to host drug take-back event

Law enforcement agencies across the North Country are participating in a National Prescription Drug Take-Back event this weekend.

As part of the event, people can drop-off prescription medications at area police departments, no questions asked.

In Lake Placid, village police will accept unused or unneeded prescription drugs at the North Elba Town Hall on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The initiative aims to preserve public safety by disposing of medicines that otherwise may end up in the hands of children or people who intend to abuse or misuse them. Health experts note that the rate of prescription drug abuse nationwide is surpassing the use of narcotics like cocaine and heroine.

Angel Marvin is coordinator of the Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth & Communities Coalition. He says the event is all about public safety.

"I would hate to be the source of any drugs that are abused or sold for abuse," he said.

Following tomorrow's collection in Lake Placid, the drugs will be incinerated, which environmental officials say is much safer than simply flushing them down the toilet.

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