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Legislator Morton announces April 12 Drive-Thru Disposal event to collect drugs, needles


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Erie County Legislator Ted Morton announces that Erie County will host a Free Drive-Thru Disposal event to collect medications and needles. All prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as needles will be accepted, no questions asked.

 

“Medication often sits on the shelf long after it has expired and serves as a major safety risk, especially to young children,” said Legislator Morton. “Properly disposing of drugs prevents the risk of children accidently ingesting these medications and helps preserve our local waterways by keeping them out of the system. The drive-thru disposal event provides an easy way to quickly and properly dispose of old medication and needles.”

 

The Drive-Thru Disposal event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the Erie County Fire Training Academy, located at 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga.

 

This event is being held at a time when Erie County is dealing with a severe heroin addiction problem and all residents with medications or needles are encouraged to remove them from their home and drop them off at this event.

 

Also happening in April, several local sites will be participating in a large drug collection event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Any unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications, syringes, inhalers, liquids, ointments, patches, etc. can be dropped off.

 

The following locations, in and around Legislator Morton’s district, are participating:

  • Sisters of Charity, St. Joseph’s Campus, 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga
  • West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St., West Seneca

 

For a complete list of locations, please Legislator Morton’s website, www.erie.gov/legislature/district08.

 

Legislator Morton also reminds residents that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office maintains prescription collection boxes that are available throughout the county, including Erie County Community College’s three campuses and Alden Town Hall. Thousands of pounds of drugs and needles have been properly disposed of through this program. For a list of locations, please visit www.erie.gov/sheriff. Residents can drop off medications when it is convenient for them.

 

For additional information or questions about a county issue, please contact Legislator Morton at 858-8856 or e-mail ted.morton@erie.gov.