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Event helps get rid of unused medicine, needles

Posted at 4:20 AM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 07:47:40-04

Erie County is hosting a free drive-thru disposal event Tuesday, in a move to help fight the growing opioid crisis.

The drive-thru event will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12th at the Erie County Fire training academy, at 3359 Broadway in Cheektowaga.

All prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted, no questions asked.

“There are several problems related to keeping medications in the home, first of all being abuse," Erie County legislator Kevin Hardwick said. "I encourage anyone with unwanted or expired medications to bring them to this event to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands. This also greatly reduces the risk of accidental ingestion by a child, which could be deadly. If you don’t need these medications, dispose of them properly. Not only do we keep residents safe, we also ensure these drugs don’t end up in our waterways, which has been a growing problem due to drugs being flushed down the toilet.”

Another event will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30th. Any unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications, syringes, inhalers, liquids, ointments, patches, etc. can be dropped off on that Saturday at the following locations:

  • Buffalo State College
  • Grand Island Town Hall
  • Kenmore Mercy Hospital
  • DeGraff Memorial Hospital

If neither of these events work for you, the Erie County Sheriff's Office maintains prescription collection boxes throughout the county, including Grand Island Town Hall and Eric County Community College's three campuses.