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Senator Ritchie and Oswego Health to offer "Take Back Drug" Event

Community news | Thursday, April 5, 2018

Contact: Marion Ciciarelli

State Senator Patty Ritchie and Oswego Health are offering an opportunity for community members to safely dispose of their unused and unwanted medications, including prescription and narcotic medicines, during a drug take back day.

The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 25th in the lobby of Oswego Hospital. Law enforcement officials and Oswego Health pharmacy staff will be present to assist community members and to answer questions.

"Pills that are disposed of improperly can harm the environment or have the potential to end up in the wrong hands,” said State Senator Patty Ritchie. “Events like these have proven to be successful in helping people dispose of their expired or unwanted medications in a responsible manner. This is a great chance for people to clean out their medicine cabinets and protect public health at the same time. I am hopeful that area residents will take advantage of this opportunity."

Members of Oswego Health’s pharmacy staff will be on hand during the drug take back event to answer questions regarding medications. “Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, which can lead to potential accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose,” said Oswego Health Pharmacy Director Sandra Obleman. “We are pleased to partner with Senator Ritchie and offer our assistance in helping community members to better understand their medications.”

Community members with questions can call Oswego Health at 315-349-5500.