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ITHACA, N.Y. — Drop off unwanted or outdated medications at local collection events this weekend.

As part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Take-Back Initiative, members of law enforcement will be available at three locations Saturday to take back and safely destroy pharmaceuticals.

“Clearing out unneeded medications from your medicine cabinet, and using a take-back event or drop box for safe disposal, is a simple way you can help prevent illegal diversion, accidental overdose, and environmental contamination.” Ed Gottlieb, pre-treatment coordinator at the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, and chair of the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth, said in a news release.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the following drop-off points will be open:

  • The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, 779 Warren Road, Ithaca;
  • Kinney Drugs, 513 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca; and
  • The Slaterville Fire Station, 2681 Slaterville Road, Slaterville Springs

People who can’t make it to the event but have medications to dispose of can always drop them off at any of the nine year-round locations in Tompkins County. Learn more about the drop boxes at

Drop box locations:

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Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.