Thursday April 18, 2013 | By:Felice E. Krycia-associate editor | News
The North Collins Police Department and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration will hold an unwanted prescription drug drop off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27 at the Village of North Collins Municipal Building, 10543 Main St., North Collins.
The Town of Hamburg Police Department will host a collection site for unwanted drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27 at West Herr Collision Center, 5140 Camp Road, Hamburg.
The Buffalo Police Department will be collecting unwanted medications at the Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo during the same time period.
People are encouraged to bring unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs to the police department, who will properly dispose of the drugs.
In some cases, people will flush unwanted or expired drugs down the toilet to get rid of them. The medication dissolves and is carried into the water system. Drugs which are thrown into landfills, will eventually dissolve and work its way into the groundwater system.
By disposing of the drugs at a Take Back Program, these drugs will be disposed of in an environmentally safe way.
It has also been shown that medicines left in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misused and abuse, including accidental poisoning and overdoses.
Last October, people across the United States turned in 377,080 pounds (188.5 tons) of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds (nearly 500 tons) of pills.
This service is free and anonymous, no questions will be asked.