LITTLE VALLEY – The five drop-off sites in Cattaraugus County for Saturday’s nationally run Prescription Drug Drop-off program designed to keep old medications out of the hands of experimenting teenagers and keep area waterways clear of flushed medications that contaminate the local water table were announced Tuesday by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.
Medications, prescriptions and over-the-counter pills will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Olean County Building on Leo Moss Drive in Olean, at the Salamanca City Municipal Building in front of the city fire hall, at the Seneca Nation’s Lionel R. John Health Center, at the Gowanda Village Police Department and at the Delevan Health Center in the Delevan Plaza.
Program organizers report that numerous state and national surveys reveal that prescription pain medications are fast becoming the drug of choice among teens, with most telling medical authorities they took the medications from someone’s house.
Taken as prescribed, such medications control severe pain. But when abused, addiction can come quickly and far too often result in death, officials reported.