Safe Pill Collection Huge Success

 

Sarah Howell, Madison County’s Promise Coordinator, is pictured with Kathy Felton and Judy Goodfriend, RSVP volunteers during the Sept. 24 Safe Pill Collection at the Madison County Landfill site on Buyea Road.

Madison County news

(Wampsville, Lincoln, NY – Sept. 2011) On Sept. 24, 14 RSVP volunteers helped collect 305.22 pounds of waste medications, including 10.3 pounds of narcotics, for proper disposal from 137 Madison County families.

The Safe Pill Collection took place at the Buyea Road landfill site in the town of Lincoln.

In 2009, a number of Madison County organizations banded together to develop a plan that would remove waste medication from our environment and keep these medications out of the reach of our young people.

Organizations that joined forces to promote the collection of outdated and unused medications were BRiDGES – Madison’s County Promise, the Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation, STOP DWI, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and RSVP volunteers.

The Sept. 24 collection marked the fifth Safe Pill Collection organized by members of this group.

Working together as a well-oiled team, these organizations have managed to collect 1,332 pounds of waste medications and narcotics, meeting the dual goals of keeping narcotics out of the hands of drug abusers and pharmaceuticals out of our precious drinking water.

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