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Broome Co. Health Dept. hosting drug take-back day, launch of syringe disposal kiosk

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – The Broome Opioid Awareness Council (BOAC), The Prevention Coalition of Broome County and Broome County Suicide Awareness for Everyone (BCSAFE) are partnering to encourage community members to get rid of unused, expired, and unwanted medications in honor of the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day.

The event will take place Oct. 29, at the Broome County Health Department, at 225 Front St. in Binghamton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents can drop off both prescription and over-the-counter medications, including patches and liquids. Syringes will also be collected.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Coordinator Marissa Knapp for the department said they are seeing increased overdose statistics.

“The number of suspected fatal overdoses in 2022 in the first three quarters has surpassed the number of fatal overdoses in all of 2021,” said Knapp. “To date, we have seen 62 suspected fatal overdoses this year. That is 62 lives lost in Broome County since Janurary1st. One of these deaths is too many.”