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October 22, 2013

Drug take-back event set

MALONE — The Malone Village Police Department and other law-enforcement agencies in the North Country are sponsoring prescription-drug take-back events on Saturday.

The Malone location for dropping off unneeded or expired medications is the Kinney Drugs store at 485 East Main St.

Police Chief Chris Premo said this will be the seventh time such a program has been offered in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.  

The site will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., allowing residents to turn in any unused medicines and prescriptions for proper disposal for free with no questions asked.

Premo said in a news release that more than 370 tons of prescription meds were turned in across the country during the most recent nationwide take-back event, in April.

Here are other drop-sites available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday:

Clinton County: Kinney Drugs, 288 Cornelia St.; Clinton County Sheriff’s Office; Plattsburgh City Police Department; SUNY Plattsburgh Police Department; and the Rouses Point Fire Station.

Essex County: Ticonderoga Police Department; Lake Placid Police Department; Essex County Sheriff’s Office, Schroon Lake Town Hall; and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis.

Franklin County: Kinney Drugs, Demars Boulevard, Tupper Lake; St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department; Saranac Lake Police Department; and the Tupper Lake Police Department.

The DEA says take-back days help loved ones safely dispose of prescriptions that a deceased family member may have used, for example. It also prevents pill or medication abuse and thefts because homeowners no longer have a quantity of dangerous, expired unused or unwanted drugs on hand.

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