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Oneida Nation Police Team Up with DEA for Drug Take-Back

By WKTV News

VERONA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Police Departments are teaming up with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration September 28th and 29th for a National Prescription Drug Take-Back. Starting Friday the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department was outside Turning Stone Resort and Casino's Event Center letting anyone bring unwanted prescription and over the counter drugs and properly dispose of them.

"In years past people have disposed of drugs by flushing them down toilets, putting them in coffee grounds, putting them in their garbage, those drugs will eventually end up in our water system," said Oneida Indian Nation Police Chief Joe Smith. "To properly dispose of them they need to be incinerated."

Chief Smith says this is their 3rd year of holding the drive at Turning Stone. Last year they collected over 500 lbs of drugs, bringing in a convenient service to the community and taking possible dangers off its streets.

"Frequently home invasions are for the purpose of taking prescription drugs taken by people who are terminally ill and or have long term sicknesses in the house," said Chief Joe Smith. "Prescription drugs are used by kids to get high on, that's one of the reasons we want to get them out of the house and properly disposed of."

The Drug Take-Back is both Friday September 28th and Saturday September 29th from 10 am. - 2 pm. in front of Turning Stone's Event Center. Check with your local law enforcement agency regarding other Drug Take-Backs near you.

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