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Pharmaceutical Waste Drop-off Event

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Rochester: Pharmaceutical Waste Drop-off Event
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The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services gave people an opportunity to get rid of any unused or expired prescription drugs they had around the house on Friday.

The DES partnered with the Irondequoit Wegmans and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to hold a pharmaceutical waste collection event. Old medications and over the counter drugs collected were properly destroyed under supervision.

"There are two reasons why we collect the medication. One is because we want to keep it out of our environment," said Tom Sinclair, Industrial Waste Engineer. "Out of our lakes and streams and rivers. Keep it out of our waste water treatment plants. So, we don't want anyone to flush the material down the toilet. And also the second part is the diversion factor. We want to keep the stuff out of kids hands and people that might abuse the material, and that's why the Monroe County Sheriff's are here. Because we are dealing with controlled substances."

Monroe County, Wegmans, local police departments and the Drug Enforcement Agency have disposed of more than 56,000 pounds of pharmaceutical waste at events like these to date.

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