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Prescription drug drop-off: Anonymous and no questions asked

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Posted at 10:08 AM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 10:11:38-05

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is encouraging the safe disposal of unwanted drugs by hosting a Drug Drop-Off Day on Monday.

Representatives will be at the Erie County Emergency Services Training and Operations Center at 3359 Broadway in Cheektowaga from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will be accepting prescriptions and over the counter (OTC) drugs.

Drugs being collected include pills and other solids, like patches, as well as liquids, needles, or other "sharps."

"This is a convenient way to ensure that unused drugs do not fall into the wrong hands," said Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein. "Unused medications in a home are a public health and safety risk. They can be accidentally ingested if mistaken for another drug, misused by other family members or visitors to your house and possibly make your home a target for theft."

Monday's service is free and anonymous. There will be no questions asked about any drugs or items being dropped off. With the drive-through drop-off, participants do not even have to leave the comfort of their cars.