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Free pouches available to dispose of leftover opioid pills

BINGHAMTON, NY (WIVT/WBGH) – Every patient who fills a prescription for an opioid painkiller at one of our area’s hospital chains will now get a free means to safely dispose of leftover pills thanks to a new partnership with Broome County.

The Broome Opioid Awareness Council and the Prevention Coalition are using $40,000 from state opioid response funding to purchase more than 10,000 Deterra drug deactivation pouches.

The retail pharmacies at UHS and Lourdes Hospitals will give them out for free to anyone filling a prescription for opioid painkillers following a surgery or injury.