Unused, unwanted prescription drugs will be collected and safely disposed – no questions asked – at the upcoming National Take-Back Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at sites throughout Western New York.
The event, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is held in cooperation with the local, county, state and tribal partners.
The Lockport Police Department will collect in the Lockport Plaza, intersection of South Transit and Willow streets. The North Tonawanda Police will collect at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St. The Niagara County Sheriff Department will collect at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road. And the Niagara Falls Police Department will collect at the former Niagara Falls Police Headquarters, 530 Hyde Park Boulevard.
Collections will also be held at a number of sites throughout Western New York, including a dozen locations in Erie County. Information on collection sites is available at www.dea.gov.
In the five previous Take-Back events, the DEA and local partners removed more than two million pounds [1.081 tons] of prescription drugs from circulation and also educated the public about the potential for abuse of these medications.