The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in New York was recently recognized by the DEA for its tireless work in the fight against illegal drugs. The Rochester Field Office of the DEA forged a working partnership with the Sheriff’s Office to combat the sale and abuse of illegal drugs and to ensure that the drugs were safely disposed of. The partnership was a part of the DEA’s much lauded “Drug Take Back Day” initiative.
For the past 4 years, the DEA has been sponsoring the ‘National Prescription Drug Take Back’ program. Since the Controlled Substances Act has no provision for patients to get rid of unwanted prescription medications, the only option has been to hand over the drugs to law enforcement, since hospitals and pharmacies are banned from accepting them. While many people simply flush these medications down the toilet, doing so results in water contamination. The only other option is for patients to hold onto the medications, which can result in theft and/or drug abuse.
By sponsoring the Drug Take Back program, the DEA – with help from the County Sherriff’s Office – has been successful in recovering large amounts of unwanted prescription medications from the Livingston County region. Since 2010, there have been a total of 9 programs in different locations.
Resident Agent in Charge of the DEA Field Office in Rochester Timothy Kernan presented a certificate of appreciation to the Sheriff’s Office. Kernan congratulated the Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and said, “The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has been there since day one of the initiative. Your agency immediately partnered up with ours and that teamwork has continued to grow over the years. I thank you not only for your dedication to the Take-Back events but also the collaboration on fighting illegal drugs through the Livingston County Drug Task Force. On behalf of the DEA, we present your Office with this Certificate of Appreciation.”