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Local sites want your unused prescription drugs

For National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
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Posted at 2:30 PM, Oct 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 14:30:52-04

Here's a better way to dispose of prescription medicine you're not using.

State agencies are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local police to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. 

The event will take place on Saturday, October 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at:

  • Buff State in Buffalo
  • Kenmore Mercy Hospital in Kenmore
  • Lackawanna Police Department in Buffalo
  • St. Joseph's Hospital in Buffalo
  • West Seneca Senior Center in West Seneca
  • Grand Island Town Hall in Grand Island
  • Millard Fillmore Hospital in Williamsville

Federal studies report a majority of abused prescription drugs come from home medicine cabinets of family and friends.

Well, I can just throw them in the trash or flush them. Nope, federal officials say usual ways of getting rid of unused medicine pose potential safety, health, and environmental hazards.

The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills and patches. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.  

Last year, the DEA's New York Division collected over 18.8 tons of discarded prescription drugs from designated collection sites.