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Community members turn in prescriptions at 'Shed the Meds' event

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Local officials are encouraging community members to 'Shed the Meds'.

A drug disposal event was held Saturday by State Senator Fred Akshar (R) with support from Binghamton Mayor Rich David (R), Binghamton Police and the Southern Tier AIDS Program. 

It took place from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday. 

Locals could drop off any prescription medicines with no questions asked. The goal was to make sure unused medicines don't get into the wrong hands.

Senator Akshar said it's all part of a plan that focuses on combating the opioid epidemic in the Southern Tier.  

"I would respectfully argue that the heroin and the opioid epidemic is one of the most pervasive issues were dealing with across the state and the nation quite frankly so were trying to take a multifaceted approach the mayor and I in dealing with this particular scourge," Akshar said. 

At 1 p.m. there was also free Narcan training for community members.

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