The Center for Family Life and Recovery will be hosting several drive through Drug Take-Back Day drop-off events on Saturday, Oct. 23.
The events will be in Rome and Utica, with an additional event in Verona on Wednesday, Oct. 27.
The drug take-back events will be at the Westgate Plaza on Erie Boulevard West in Rome and at Union Station on Main Street in Utica. They will run from 10 to 2 p.m.
The Verona event will also
run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
50 Forward Verona Beach on Route 13.
Participants are asked to remain in their vehicles to drop off their old and expired prescription medication.
There will be signs to follow at each location. Masks are also required. Officials said Hope bags will be distributed to participants, along with other giveaways.
According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the nationwide program was designed to help people safely dispose of their old medications rather than let them fall into the wrong hands.
When old drugs are thrown away or flushed down the toilet, they can become a potential environmental health risk, authorities added.
The event does not include the collection of needles or liquids.
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers and sedatives in 2019.
The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often stolen from the home medicine cabinet.
The Centers for Disease Control said the country has seen an increase in overdose deaths since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are unable to make any of the events, many locations and law enforcement agencies have drug drop-off bins all year round.
The Rome Police Department has a drug take back bin in its lobby which is accessible to the public 24/7 year-round at the Daniel C. Wilson Justice Building, 301 N. James St.