BINGHAMTON–Over 100 pounds of prescription drugs and 67 bottles of opioids were collected this week at a “Shed the Meds” prescription turn-in event hosted by Senator Fred Akshar, Binghamton Mayor Rich David, the Binghamton Police Department and the Binghamton Fire Department.
“Shed the Meds” events encourage community members to dispose of old prescription drugs in a safe and controlled environment to help ensure that these drugs stay off the street and out of the wrong hands.
Senator Akshar said “We’re taking a multifaceted approach in dealing with a complex issue through events like Shed the Meds, through legislation and through youth programs in our schools like YES! Leads. This is truly a community issue that requires an entire community’s response. The work we put in to engage community members across the 52nd District helps contribute to the efforts by law enforcement and emergency personnel. It’s all part of a larger community effort to fight this scourge together.”