4/9/15: Erie County, Partners Announce Community Pharmaceutical Drug Drop-Off Event

Modified: April 9, 2015 10:53am

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4/9/15

Unwanted & Expired Prescriptions or Over-The-Counter Medications Accepted at April 25 Event

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, working in conjunction with community partners, has announced that a drug drop-off event will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in order to allow residents to safely dispose of any unwanted or expired prescriptions or over-the-counter medications, syringes, inhalers, liquids, ointments, or patches. The event is free of charge and gives residents a safe disposal alternative for these products.

“These collection events are a good way for residents to protect themselves, their families, and the environment,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “Storing expired and unwanted medications in the home increases the risk of accidental poisoning, or of these medications being stolen. In addition, the detection of prescription drug residues in drinking water raises concerns about the importance of protecting our water supply by not flushing drugs down the drain. Proper collection and incineration of these medicines protects our water and public safety.”

Erie County is partnering with the office of NYS Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, the Town of Amherst Police Department, Kaleida Health-Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Covanta Energy, and Tops Pharmacies in this event.

 

COMMUNITY PHARMACEUTICAL DROP-OFF EVENT FOR UNUSED HOUSEHOLD MEDICATIONS:

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE: Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Rd., Williamsville NY 14221

***Please DO NOT bring mercury-containing or radioactive products!***