LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The DEA Rochester Field Office recognized the hard work and sacrifice of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office for for their ongoing partnership in combating illegal drugs, the abuse of drugs and the safe disposal of drugs by participating in the DEA sponsored “Drug Take-Back Day.”
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Resident Agent in Charge Timothy Kernan of DEA Field Office Rochester NY, made a special presentation to the Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol. RAC Kernan presented a “Certificate of Appreciation” to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office for their ongoing partnership in combating illegal drugs, the abuse of drugs and the safe disposal of drugs by participating in the DEA sponsored “Drug Take-Back Day.” The events took place on nine different occasions since 2010. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office participated in all nine events.
“The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has been there since day one of the initiative,” said Resident Agent in Charge Kernan. “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.”
The DEA began hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back events four years ago, because at that time the Controlled Substances Act made no legal provision for patients and their caregivers to rid themselves of unwanted controlled substance prescription drugs except to give them to law enforcement; it banned pharmacies and hospitals from accepting them. Most people flushed their unused prescription drugs down the toilet, threw them in the trash, or kept them in the household medicine cabinet, resulting in contamination of the water supply and the theft and abuse of the prescription drugs.
Sheriff Dougherty does note that the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office will continue to take your unwanted prescription drugs at our drop box located at 4 Court Street in Geneseo. The drop box is outside of the LCSO main lobby and is available 24/7/365.
Pictured from L to R: Deputy Sheriff David Richardson, Resident Agent in Charge Timothy Kernan, Sheriff Tom Dougherty and Road Patrol Captain Norm Zeh. (Photo Provided)