Cazenovia police install safe medication disposal kiosk at station

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CAZENOVIA — In partnership with BRiDGES and the Madison County Department of Health, the Cazenovia Police Department has installed a safe medication disposal kiosk in the foyer of the police station.

Safely disposing of unused or expired medications is one way the community can help prevent the misuse of medications. Using the disposal kiosk also keeps medications out of the water supply.

“The Village of Cazenovia is proud to partner with BRiDGES to support this community-based program to reduce access to surplus medications that might cause harm to our children or families,” said Cazenovia Mayor Kurt Wheeler.

The kiosk will be available to the public from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday. People can dispose of their unused or expired prescription or over the counter medications by dropping them in the kiosk during operating hours. When disposing of medications at the kiosk, people can leave their medications in the original packaging. Pills, liquids and patches can be disposed of at the kiosk.

Funding for this kiosk was provided through an award made by the Central New York Community Foundation.

“We are thrilled to have this option for people to be able to dispose of their unused medications. This program keeps narcotics not just off the streets, but also out of our water supplies as well,” said Hayes. Over the past decade, BRiDGES has worked with communities in Madison County to install five other kiosks. Those kiosks can be found in Wampsville, Hamilton, Oneida, & Chittenango.

Since kiosks have been installed in some communities, BRiDGES has also been able to offer Deterra Drug Deactivation pouches to community members that are unable to get to a kiosk. These pouches can be used at home and are environmentally friendly. Those in need of at-home medication disposal can call BRiDGES at 315-697-3947.

For questions about safe syringe disposal call BRiDGES or the Madison County Department of Health at 315-366-2361.

For more information on BRiDGES programs, visit www.bridgescouncil.org

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