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The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services and Wegmans are teaming up to help community members safely dispose of excess prescription or over-the-counter drugs. The first collection will take place this Saturday, April 24th, from 8 am to 1 pm at the Wegmans Irondequoit at 525 Titus Ave.

Last year, this partnership resulted in over 1,000 residents safely disposing of almost 3,000 pounds of pharmaceutical waste. Appointments aren’t needed.

The remaining three collections this year will be:

  • June 19th, Eastway Wegmans at 1955 Empire Blvd
  • August 14th, Chili-Paul Wegmans at 3175 Paul Rd and
  • October 2nd, Penfield Wegmans at 2157 Penfield Rd

The county is holding a separate collection this Sunday, April 25th, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Jewish Community Federation at 441 East Ave. Read the press release here for more information.

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Two individuals associated with the Rochester Raiders indoor football team were arrested this week in connection to a 6-month long drug investigation, including the team’s medical director and a linebacker. At least one other individual was arrested in the initial bust that spanned five local counties and involved some degree of undercover police work.

The team’s owner pointed out to the D&C that this investigation was not focused on the team and it is unfortunate that two of their associates were involved in this scandal. He also said that he had not heard about the investigation until yesterday right around the time the arrests were made.

In the end, over 170 prescription pads, five doctor’s DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) ID numbers, and several thousand dollars were seized. At a press conference this morning, they said that as many as a dozen more arrests are expected as the investigation continues–including at least one other Raiders player. Check out the following news stories to learn more:

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Rochester Homepage

The Livingston County News

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Over the last 8 years, an increasing number of women in Monroe County have been driving under the influence and getting caught in the act. This article states that the number of men with DWIs dropped more than 25% during that time span, while the number of women rose 20%.

Some say this could be the result of changing gender roles. “We are seeing a lot of women come in doing relief drinking; they are under a lot of stress and pressure at home, working a full-time job and doing the majority of the child rearing,” said Sansone, a Chemical Dependency Counselor at Westfall Associates. This is an issue I’d previously discussed in my post ‘Women of the 21st century struggle with alcohol¬†abuse’.

The idea that women who are feeling immense pressure to perform well both at work and at home are turning to alcohol to solve their problems is certainly troubling. What kind of programs can we offer to help women balance these aspects of their lives in a healthy manner?

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Did you know that some parts of the United States have alarmingly high levels of hormones in their water? Scientists think that this is because of the large number of people with good intentions who flush old prescriptions in an effort to make sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands.

Throwing prescriptions out in the garbage can also be unsafe if children, elderly family members, pets, or others get into it. Even if the trash isn’t tampered with, it can lead to contamination in a landfill. Unfortunately, until recently there hasn’t been a good alternative to dispose of the enormous quantities of prescriptions sitting in the medicine cabinets of people throughout the country.

Last year, Monroe County officials started a Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal program (find out more here). This is a free initiative that allows local residents to dispose of “Prescription and over-the-counter medications, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials and pet medications.”

An article from the local newspaper in Ithaca, NY said that “The first collection day in Monroe County… gathered more than 42,000 pills. Monroe County has gone on to hold five more collection days, resulting in 128 pound of hazardous substances, nearly 4,000 pounds of non-hazardous substances and 314 pounds of controlled substances.”

Drop off dates can be found at this site–the next one is coming up on Tuesday the 23rd. The website also says you can call (585) 753-7600, Option 3 for more information. I’m going to look into similar programs in the immediate Livingston County area and will update you all on what I find.

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Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of stories about a rise in alcohol abuse in women. In the January issue of Good Housekeeping, they profiled Rachael Brownell–a mother who was downing a bottle or more of wine each day while watching her young daughters. This morning, I read a story titled “So many women under the influence: Drunk and disengaged, they put themselves, others in danger”.

Locally, we all know the story of the mother last summer who killed 8 people while allegedly driving under the influence (I don’t know if the case has been prosecuted yet). Last year, a different mother in Rochester left her children at home alone when she ran out to get beer and came back to her house ablaze. One of her daughters died from her injuries. (more…)

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I recently came across an article online that talked about ABC Inc, Action for a Better Community, which offers some services that could be useful for individuals from those two counties. The article is primarily focused on their services for individuals in poverty but I went to the ABC Inc website to find out more about what they offer for individuals with chemical dependency.

Their most relevant program is New Directions,which is an outpatient clinic located on Chestnut Street for individuals with an alcohol addiction [325-5116, ext 3200].¬† Their other services–for children, employment, housing, etc–can be useful to some individuals struggling with chemical dependency and I suggest you check out their website to see if they have any programs that you can benefit from.

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