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Drug Take Back Day Oct. 26

SPRINGVILLE — Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is asking residents to participate in the seventh annual National Prescription Drug “Take Back” Day on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office will join forces with the National Drug Enforcement Administration and several other law enforcement partners for the one-day event, which will provide residents with no-cost, anonymous collection of unwanted and expired medicines. Those wishing to drop off drugs should go to www.takebackyourmeds.org/dea-events and find a DEA collection site.

According to the DEA, medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting waters. Rates of prescription drug abuse are high – more than half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet, often without the owner’s knowledge.

For anyone unable to participate in this event, Howard reminded citizens that prescription drug drop boxes are set up at the below locations. These boxes are sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office and Erie County Health Department.

Local drug drop off sites include: Concord Town Hall,86 Franklin Street, first floor, Springville; Erie Community College – South Campus – College Safety Room 5223E, 4041 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park; Erie County Sheriff’s Office Substation – Colden, 8812 Route 240 Colden.

For more information, contact Senior Narcotics Detective Alan Rozansky, 867-6161.
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