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TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Have old medications you need to get rid of? The Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal is hosting collection events Saturday at two locations in Tompkins County.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Take-Back Initiative.

Both collection events will go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the following locations:

  • The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, 779 Warren Road, Ithaca;
  • The Slaterville Fire Station, 2681 Slaterville Road, Slaterville Springs.

“Using this take-back event—or one of our year-round drop boxes—is the best way to safely dispose of unwanted and outdated medications in your home. Doing so helps prevent illegal diversion, accidental poisoning, and environmental contamination.” Ed Gottlieb, pre-treatment coordinator at the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, and chair of the Coalition, which has sponsored drug take-back events since 2010, said in a statement.

According to Susan Dunlop, community health nurse, over-the-counter medications, prescriptions and pet medications will all be accepted. Liquid medications in tightly capped containers are also accepted. Needles and other sharps are not accepted, however.

Local law enforcement will be on site to take the medications and safely destroy them.

If anyone wants to drop off medications, but can’t make it to Saturday’s event, there are nine permanent drop box locations in Tompkins County.

Drop box locations and hours, along with disposal guidelines, are posted at the Coalition’s web page at, and also are available by calling 2-1-1. What can and cannot be placed in the box is also posted at each drop box location.

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Kelsey O'Connor

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