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Prescription drop-off boxes are now available in the lobbies of Buffalo’s five police district stations to provide citizens with a safe and anonymous way of disposing of drugs that might otherwise end up misused.

At a news conference today in the Central District Station on Main Street, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Police Commission Daniel Derenda encouraged residents to make use of the boxes, which were paid for by the Erie County Health Department.

The secure boxes, available 24-hours a day, have become a part of law enforcement’s response to the national epidemic involving prescription painkillers.

“The drop-off boxes,” Brown said, “are a safe option for the disposal of unused, unwanted and potentially dangerous drugs.”

Prescription drugs sitting in home medicine cabinets, Derenda said, have provided easy access for young people.

“Studies show that residential supplies of pharmaceutical substances have become the supply of choice for a wide range of first-time users and criminals,” the commissioner said. “A high percentage of abusers are teens who report that they obtained their controlled substances from the homes of family and friends.”

Here are the addresses of the stations:

• South District, 1847 South Park Ave.

• Central District, 695 Main St.

• Ferry-Fillmore Station, 693 East Ferry St.

• Northwest District, 669 Hertel Ave.

• Northeast District, 2767 Bailey Ave.

Police officers, Derenda said, will make sure the medications are properly disposed of in an “eco-friendly way and in accordance with federal and state guidelines.”

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