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From Brendan Schweigart

Steuben County “takes back” 758 pounds of prescription drugs

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The Drug Prescription Take Back Day, co-hosted by the Steuben County Sheriff and the Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee (SPCOC) collection Saturday brought in 758 pounds of unneeded prescription medications.

The collection was part of a biannual campaign by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.Opioid use has skyrocketed during recent years both in Steuben County and the nation, steadily increasing since a 2020 report by the Centers For Disease Control which noted 83,544 Americans overdosed during a 12-month period ending July 1, 2020 – the highest total at the time.

The collection included all unwanted and expired prescription medications and followed “National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day” on April 16.For more information of safe disposal of prescription medications, go to https://www.facebook.com/SteubenPreventionCoalition.

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