The Ticonderoga Community Coalition will partner with the town and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to host a “Take Back” event at the Ticonderoga Police Department on Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Essex County Sheriff’s Department will also host “Take Back” events that day at the Schroon town hall and the public safety building in Lewis.
continued Drug abuse is a major problem in Ticonderoga, Johns said.
“Over 40 percent of the arrests by Ticonderoga police can be attributed to an underlying substance abuse problem,” he said. “The ‘Take Back’ day last April was a great success with a large quantity of prescription drugs turned in. I encourage residents to turn in their medications so that there will be fewer drugs available in the community that can be stolen and used illegally.
“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” Johns said. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.”
The New York State Police provide at 24/7 prescription drug drop box at its headquarters in Ray Brook.