Sheriff’s office, DEA set prescription drug drop-off sites

Six locations collect drugs in Essex County Oct. 29

— The Essex County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 29 at six locations throughout Essex County.

The event will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations: Kinney Drugs, 7550 Court St., Elizabethtown; Westport Town Hall, 22 Champlain Ave.; Chesterfield Town Hall, 1 Vine St., Keeseville; Lake Placid Police Department, 2693 Mirror Lake Dr.; and the Ticonderoga Police Department, 135 Burgoyne Road.

Ticonderoga Police Chief Mark Johns said this will be the third prescription drop off his department has held with DEA in the past two years. He said the event has been well received by the community of Ticonderoga and allows for people to dispose of their prescriptions, some of which could be considered a controlled substance, in a safe way.

“We will accept anyone’s prescriptions, no questions asked, and then the prescriptions will be turned over to the DEA for destruction,” Johns said.

The Prevention Team of Ticonderoga is helping to get information out to the public about the event and to educate residents about the dangers of prescriptions drug abuse.

“The prevention team is working with law enforcement to get the word out,” Mac MacDevitt, community prevention coordinator, said in a press release. “The event is an opportunity to send a larger message about the growing dangers of Rx drug misuse and abuse for kids, teens, for adults and also for seniors. This includes accidental poisoning for little kids, and crimes committed to obtain drugs. Rx drug disposal is a problem statewide, especially for controlled substances.”

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