Andover and Cuba– On Saturday, October 26 the Allegany County Fall Pill Drop was held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Andover and Cuba were chosen for the fall locations. The pill drop events allow residents the opportunity to get rid of unused, expired, or unwanted medications and provides the partners the opportunity to educate on the location of the pill drop boxes throughout Allegany County. In Cuba there is a drop box located at the Cuba Police Department, 15 Water Street. For Andover residents the closest pill drop boxes are located at: the Alfred Pharmacy, 36 North Main Street, Alfred State University Police, 10 Upper College Drive and at the Wellsville Police Department, 46 South Main Street and Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main Street. The pill drop boxes are available all year long and for anyone to use.
This event was held in partnership with the Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc. (ACASA), the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, the Andover and Cuba Police Departments, and Partners for Prevention in Allegany County (PPAC). Medications and Sharps waste was accepted from 10am to 2pm. Between the two locations, a total of 64 cars stopped and 106 pounds of medications and two boxes of Sharps water was turned in by community members. “The pill drops continue to be an asset to the community and the Cuba Police Department is proud to be associated with this great initiative,” stated Chief Dustin Burch of the Cube Police Department.
Each car that stopped received a Take It To The Box magnet, which lists all of the pill drop box locations throughout Allegany County. In addition to those previously mentioned, there are boxes at: the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and Nicholson Pharmacy in Belmont, Fillmore Pharmacy, Friendship Pharmacy, and Jones Memorial Medical Practice in Bolivar.
The pill drop events and boxes are completely anonymous and confidential. Once the Sheriff’s Office has collected the medications, they are transported to an undisclosed location for incineration. Incinerating the medications makes them harmless to the environment. “The pill drop events allow us to educate the community on safe storage, safe use, and safe disposal of medications and where the drop boxes are located throughout county” states PPAC Coordinator Jonathan Chaffee. “We are also able to educate community members on disposal of Sharps waste, most community members do not know that they can dispose of Sharps waste at any transfer station in Allegany County for free.”
“The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Andover and Cuba community for utilizing the pill drops to safely dispose of their unwanted medications,” stated Undersheriff Kevin Monroe. “By collecting and destroying these substances, we greatly reduce the amount available to find their way onto our streets and into the hands of our youth.”
The agencies involved would like to send out a special “Thank You” to Andover and Cuba Fire Departments for giving us a space to hold the pill drop events. The next pill drop event will not be until April, 2020. The Allegany County pill drops have been held since 2007, more information about the pill drop box locations can be found at https://ppaccentral.org/pill-drop-locations/.