Combating Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 14, 2010 at 6:43 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 14, 2010 at 6:43 PM EDT

Erie County officials, organizations, and school districts have teamed up in Clarence to try and combat the abuse of prescription medication by young adults, particularly pain medication. Prescription drug abuse is rising dramatically throughout Western New York, and a recent survey by the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention found 1 in 5 high school students in the United States abuse prescription drugs. Erie County officials and a coalition of community and business leaders met in Clarence Monday morning, and are now encouraging families throughout Western New York to rid their homes of unwanted or unneeded prescription medications.

A prescription medicine drop-off for unwanted pills will be held this saturday June 19th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Eastern Hills Mall near the Transit Road entrance. The drop-off is free and open to the public and there will be no questions asked when dropping off prescription pills.