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Free medication disposal bags offered by Oneida County

Posted 10/27/22

Free drug and medication disposal bags will be distributed by the Oneida County Opioid Task Force both by mail and at an upcoming Drug Take Back Day.

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Free medication disposal bags offered by Oneida County

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UTICA — Free drug and medication disposal bags will be distributed by the Oneida County Opioid Task Force both by mail and at an upcoming Drug Take Back Day.

The drug deactivation bags provide safe, convenient and permanent disposal of unused, expired or unwanted medications at home using organic-activated carbon to deactivate the drugs, officials said. You add water to the bag to activate it, then it can be disposed of in the trash.

“Our Opioid Task Force is using multi-pronged approaches to address the opioid issue,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. in a release.

“We continue to do the important work of helping people actively struggling with addiction, however, we also want to implement strategies focused on addiction prevention to reduce the likelihood of a person ever developing the disease. Since half of the people who misuse prescription drugs get them from a family member or friend, we want to make these medication disposal bags available to the public so that it is as easy as possible to safely eliminate that risk from homes.” The public can request the bags be mailed directly to their homes by completing an online request form at www.OCopioidtaskforce.org. Two bags will be allowed per household while supplies last.

The bags will also be available at a drive-thru Drug Take Back Event at Union Station in Utica from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.

More public distribution events will be announced in the coming months.

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