March 4, 2015- City of Buffalo - Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced today that the Sheriff’s Office and the Erie County Department of Health partnered with Erie County Medical Center to host prescription drug and needle drop box kiosks. ECMC has four drop boxes, two prescription drugs, and two sharp drop boxes, located in the lobby and emergency room waiting area. These boxes accept expired or unwanted prescription drugs as well as needles.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office initiated the Prescription Drop-off Box program in July 2013. Since its inception, the Sheriff’s Office has disposed of 35,525 pounds of drugs and 25,000 pounds of needles. The Sheriff’s Office expects the amount collected to increase at a significant rate with the additional new kiosks within ECMC.
Erie County Medical Center becomes the first hospital where the Sheriff’s Office has placed these drop boxes. The new kiosks at ECMC increase the number of drop boxes monitored by the Sheriff’s Office within the City of Buffalo to twelve.
The Erie County Department of Health provides funding for the various drop boxes and manages the disposal of the surrendered needles.
Dr. Gale Burstein, Commissioner and the Erie County Department of Health provide funding for the prescription drug and needle kiosks and manage the disposal of the surrendered needles.
The Sheriff’s Office will place six additional prescription drugs and needle kiosks by the end of 2015.
“The expansion of this program is indicative of the public’s awareness of the growing problem throughout our community with addiction, especially to prescription drugs. Every time someone deposits unwanted prescriptions, reduces the chance of those drugs getting into the wrong hands,” said Sheriff Howard.
There is a total of 14 sites throughout the county where citizens can dispose of prescription medications and used needles. For more information, call 716-858-7695.
- Erie Community College – North Campus, Public Safety Building
- Erie Community College – South Campus, lobby
- Erie Community College – City Campus, lobby
- Canisius College – Bosch Building and lobby of Public Security Building
- Medaille College – Public Safety Building
- Grand Island Town Hall
- Colden Town Hall
- Clarence – Sheriff’s substation
- Elma Town Hall
- Springville Municipal Building – Sheriff’s substation
- Sheriff’s Office – 10 Delaware
For more information, call 716-858-7695.