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Local Senior Center Collects and Disposes Prescription Meds

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Seven senior citizen centers in Broome County have collected un-used prescription medication that will be disposed to protect the community and environment.

The Vestal Senior Center held a collection Tuesday morning, and the Broome County Sheriff's Department will take the bags of medication to the Oswego incinerator to be disposed.

Last month, Sheriff Harder and his team collected 880 pounds of medication to be disposed and this month, 500 pounds of medication will be incinerated.

"The whole issue that we're trying to address is the fact that many people keep prescription drugs in their homes, not realizing the dangers that they can have in the street. So having these at our senior center allow us to give people an opportunity to bring the drugs somewhere safe, meet with Sheriff Harder, and then know that they will not be back on the street at a later date," said Jamie Kelly, Director of Office of Aging.

According to the National Library of Medicine, abusing some prescription drugs can lead to addiction. These include narcotic painkillers, sedatives, tranquilizers, and stimulants.