National Prescription Drug Take Back Day; Unused, Unwanted Drugs Can Be Surrendered on April 29th between 10AM--2PM

Modified: April 20, 2017 2:06pm

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From the Office of the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale R. Burstein

Date: April 20, 2017                                

CONTACT: Mary C. St. Mary/Mary.StMary@Erie.Gov

Phone: 716.858.4941/ Mobile: 716.253.3925

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Unused, Unwanted Drugs Can Be Surrendered on April 29th between 10 am – 2 pm

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”) strongly encourages all residents to take advantage of the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted drugs at the upcoming National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On Saturday, April 29th, from 10am—2pm, ECDOH, numerous local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) will collaborate to prevent pill abuse and theft by helping the public rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription (and over-the-counter) drugs.Banner

During last October’s Take Back Day, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs nationally at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA, in collaboration with 4,000+ state and local law enforcement partners.  In Erie County alone, 5 tons of drugs were turned in for disposal during just the October 2016 event. Overall in 2016 in Erie County, 19 tons—or 38,000 pounds--of drugs were collected for proper disposal.

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” said Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health. “Unused medications in a home are a public health and safety concern. These medications can be accidentally ingested if mistaken for another drug, misused or abused by other family members or visitors to your house and even make your home a target for theft.”

In addition, an increased effort is being made to educate the public that previously used methods for disposing of unused medicines—by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose significant safety and health hazards to the entire community.

There are 12 collections sites throughout Erie County. To find a nearby collection site, visit and click on the “Take Back Day” link. Residents without internet access can also call 800-882-9539 to find the nearest site. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites--liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted. 

Burstein concluded: “This service is free and anonymous and no questions will be asked. We also want to thank all of our law enforcement partners for their cooperation in administering and staffing the drop-off locations. Their assistance is invaluable in helping to properly dispose of these potentially harmful drugs.” 

Police Agency





Amherst Police

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

1540 Maple Rd



Buffalo Police

Buffalo State College

1300 Elmwood Ave



Cheektowaga Police

St. Joseph’s Campus of Sisters of Charity Hospital

2605 Harlem Rd



Erie County Sheriff’s Office

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital

224 E. Main St



Erie County Sheriff’s Office

Grand Island Town Hall

2255 Baseline Rd

Grand Island


Evans Police

Evans Municipal Center

8787 Erie Rd Rt. 5



Hamburg Police

Town of Hamburg Dept. of Youth Recreation & Senior Services

4540 Southwestern Blvd



Lancaster Police

Twin District Fire Department

4999 William St



North Collins Police

North Collins Police Department

10543 Main St

North Collins


Orchard Park Police

Mercy Ambulatory Center (MAC)

3669 Southwestern Blvd

Orchard Park


Tonawanda Police

Kenmore Mercy Hospital

2950 Elmwood Ave



West Seneca Police

West Seneca Senior Center

4620 Seneca St

West Seneca


In addition, ECDOH, through its Expanded Syringe Access Program (“ESAP”) maintains a network of stand-alone kiosks throughout Erie County that accept drugs, syringe/sharps or both drugs and syringe/sharps. To find a location convenient to you, visit:

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For More Information:

Erie County Department of Health-Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP) locations

Drug Enforcement Administration


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Phone: (716) 858-7690

Fax: (716) 858-8701

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

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