Chemung County collects 854 lbs. of drugs
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ELMIRA, N.Y. -- In its third and most successful year, the Chemung County Sheriff's Office collected 854 pounds of drugs at its Prescription Drug Take Back event this weekend.
Prescription medications were collected at the Southport and West Elmira Volunteer Fire Departments for four hours Saturday. In that time, more than 400 people stopped by, dropping off 59 boxes of medication.
Undersheriff William Schrom said prescription drugs are the second most abused form of drugs after marijuana.
"Pharmaceutical drugs are just so easy for anybody to get their hands on. Kids can go into somebody's home, it can be a grandparent, a relative or whatever, go to the medicine box, take a few of the pills out of there. So many of these people have no idea what the effects of these drugs are," said Chemung County Undersheriff William Schrom.
Combined with its other Drug Take Back events, the Chemung County Sheriff's Office has collected almost 2,000 pounds of prescription medications.