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Opioid disposal pouch introduced in Broome County at critical time

The source of an addiction can often begin with one simple prescription from a doctor or hospital.

Even if an individual prescribed doesn’t use the medication, they are often kept in the home “just in case,” or simply forgotten about.

“Seventy percent of post-surgical prescribed opioids can go unused,” said Megan Olmstead, Broome County mental health personal centered community advocate. “That leaves thousands, possibly more, harmful pills and unused within our homes.”