posted on September 13, 2010 15:25
In Livingston County, it's a new kind of program to keep illegal prescription drugs off the street.
The county’s first ever Pharmaceutical Collection Program will be held on Saturday, September 25th at three different locations throughout Livingston County. Residents are encouraged to drop off their partially used, old or unwanted prescription drugs.
The initiative has been used in several other Western New York counties. Livingston County Undersheriff Martin Herkimer expects it to help eliminate illegal prescription drug crimes.
"We have had investigations where (accused criminals) have made purchases of prescription drugs from people who are authorized to possess them," says Herkimer. "They've committed an illegal act, such as a burglary, and have stolen those types of drugs.
"So hopefully that's another benefit to this program," he said, referring to the possible elimination of such activity.
The undersheriff says people often throw out those types of drugs, too. They can end up in landfills, which threatens to contaminate the groundwater supply.
For more information, you can call the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department at (585) 243-7100.