As of noon Friday, the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control website reported that the agencies listed below are participating in today’s collection:
- SUNY Oneonta University Police, 1 Alumni Hall, at the State University College at Oneonta campus.
- Oneonta Police Department, 79 Main St., Public Safety Building, Oneonta.
- Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, 172 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown.
- Norwich Police Department, 18 E. Main St. in the city.
- Cobleskill Police Department, 173 S. Grand St., Cobleskill.
“The abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs happens in many, often innocent, ways, but the costs of such abuse can be astronomical,” Hartunian said in the release.
After marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the commonly abused drugs by youths, he said.
“These aren’t drugs being manufactured behind closed doors and sold on street corners these are substances readily available in each of our homes,” he said.
Hartunian said one in eight teens has reported getting high on over-the-counter cough medicine and one in 12 high school seniors reported nonmedical use of the prescription pain reliever Vicodin, along with one in 20 reporting use of OxyContin.
More than half of the estimated 2.4 million first-time prescription drug abusers were females, according to Hartunian, and about one-third of them were between 12 and 17 years-old. Among adults ages 18 to 25, 5.9 percent reported using nonmedical drugs within the past month in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health study.
“What’s most alarming about these trends of use is where young people are obtaining these drugs,” Hartunian said. “Over half of those who reported nonmedical drug use said they were given the drugs by a friend or relative. Close to 20 percent said they took the substances from a friend or relative.”