Prescription drug disposal day April 26

Our Fulton County community has done increasingly well at getting unused medications out of people’s homes and keeping them from falling into the wrong hands, including those of our young people. This could be one of the reasons prescription drug abuse among Fulton County’s high school seniors has been steadily declining. In fact, when surveyed earlier this school year, only 3 percent of 12th-graders reported abusing prescription drugs, as compared to 9.9 percent just five years earlier. That’s a decrease of more than two-thirds.

The next scheduled Prescription Drug Disposal Day in Fulton County is April 26. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., unused medications can be brought either to the Gloversville Police Department at 3 Frontage Road or the Johnstown Police Department at 41 E. Main St.

This service is provided as a free, convenient, confidential and environmentally-friendly way of ensuring safety for the residents of our county.

The first five participants at each location will receive a free medication lock box, courtesy of ASAPP’s Promise. This easy-to-use combination lock box is also available at Palmer Pharmacy for a cost of about $20.

For more information about prescription drug disposal and abuse, please call 736-8188.

STEPHANIE COOK

HFM Prevention Council

Johnstown