1,300-pounds of medication collected by police and deputies in Cortland County

The drug take-back event is designed to fight spiking addiction rates

HOMER (WSYR-TV) - 1,300-pounds of medication was collected by Homer police and deputies with the Cortland County Sheriff's Office on Saturday.

The work is an effort to fight the growing problem of drug addiction.

Families are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and drop off unused or expired medications that are no longer needed.

Police believe grandparents and parents may not realize that guests in the home are experimenting with leftover prescriptions they find.

By getting rid of unnecessary prescriptions, the hope is that fewer people will develop opiate addictions, which often lead to abuse of drugs like heroin.

Once people lose access to supplies of prescriptions, they are more likely to turn to the streets for cheaper opiates. 

Deadly overdose rates have spiked as heroin is laced with more fentanyl, often without the user's knowledge.

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