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Carthage Area Hospital, Sen. Patty Ritchie, Local Law Enforcement Agencies Join Forces to ‘Shed the Meds’

Carthage Area Hospital, State Sen. Patty Ritchie, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Village of Carthage Police Department are encouraging those with unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications to mark their calendars for a “Shed the Meds” event slated for Thursday, May 4.

In an effort to eliminate the potential abuse of unwanted prescription medications and to protect the environment and our waterways, the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carthage Area Hospital main entrance, 1001 West St., Carthage.

The goal of the event is to provide people with a safe, legal way to dispose of medications. Carthage Area Hospital, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Village of Carthage Police Department join Sen. Ritchie for at least the third time since 2014 to help North Country residents ‘shed the meds.’

“Most people have prescriptions that are expired or no longer used sitting in their medicine cabinets,” Sen. Ritchie said. “Through this event, we can offer individuals a safe and responsible way to dispose of those medications. I would like to thank Carthage Area Hospital, as well as our local law enforcement agencies for again partnering with me on this important effort.”

Carthage Area Hospital CEO Rich Duvall said he is pleased to partner with Sen. Ritchie and law enforcement to offer a much-needed service that enables residents to responsibly dispose of medications. Because of strict collection and disposal requirements, many pharmacies no longer accept unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications.

“Our hospital strives every day to promote the health and well-being of our communities and this is another way we are collaboratively working toward that goal,” Duvall said.

   The last “Shed the Meds” event Carthage Area Hospital hosted in June 2016 collected roughly 92 pounds of unwanted prescription medications, hospital Clinical Pharmacist Christopher M. Bradley, PharmD, MBA, RPh, said. Sen. Ritchie’s office facilitated that event also.

   “We hope many people will take advantage of this opportunity on May 4 to bring their medications to the hospital and properly dispose of them,” Bradley said.

   Any unused or expired medications will be accepted, with the exception of needles, syringes, liquids, creams and ointments.

   The May 4 event continues Sen. Ritchie’s efforts to protect water sources and prevent prescription medications from ending up in the wrong hands. Those who are unable to attend the event can dispose of unwanted or expired medications during regular business hours at the Jefferson County Public Safety Building, 753 Waterman Drive, Watertown.