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Disposing of pills in Gouverneur
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 9:21 am

Nearly 60 pounds of pills were disposed of at Senator Ritchie’s “Shed the Meds” program in Gouverneur recently. The program is an initiative aimed at helping people get rid of unwanted or expired prescription medications, including painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin. “The response to my “Shed the Meds” events is a testament to the need people have to get rid of pills that sit unused or expired in their medicine cabinets, which can potentially end up in the wrong hands or pollute our water if disposed of improperly,” said Senator Ritchie. Pictured from left are Gouverneur Police Officer Darren Fairbanks, Gouverneur Hospital pharmacist Susan Kane, Senator Patty Ritchie and Bonnie Porter of Gouverneur Hospital.