Delaware County residents now have a way to safely and legally get rid of unused or unwanted prescription drugs, according to a press release.

The area’s first drug take-back collection box is located in the front lobby of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and Public Safety Building on Phoebe Lane in Delhi.

Undersheriff Craig DuMond said he is thankful to Mallinckrodt’s Hobart plant for donating the drop box to the Sheriff’s Office.

The secure box is available for use 24 hours a day, DuMond said. Needles and liquid medicine are not to be discarded in the box.

DuMond said the box comes as a solution to the growing problem of prescription drug abuse and will provide a place for people to dispose of leftover drugs, which can end up in the wrong hands.

Keeping unused prescription drugs is unsafe because accidental ingestion and theft may occur. Medicine should never be flushed down the toilet or throw away, DuMond said, because it could harm other individuals or the environment.

The unveiling of the box is especially timely because several laws have been passed in New York to increase penalties for prescription drug abuse, DuMond said.

In late February, an Otsego County drug drop-off box was unveiled in the Oneonta police station.

“Now, more than ever, it is important not to keep unused medications in your home,” DuMond said. “I hope you will take advantage of this convenient method to safely dispose of your unneeded medications.”

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