National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Buffalo

Cheryl Sanders
April 30, 2018

So that's one reason that we want to take these drugs out of the home if they're unused or unnecessary anymore. "Our goal is to take as many of those off the street as we can", Barnes said.

Police said the event every year prevents drug abuse and overdose deaths. "These drug take back days are created to combat the opioid epidemic and rid our homes and communities of potentially risky and addictive medications".

As the official event expired at 2 p.m., officers at the Gloucester Township Police Headquarters looked over the day's haul: two thigh-high boxes full of unwanted medicine.

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And in Wilkes-Barre, a prescription medication collection site was et-up on the grounds of the Luzerne county courthouse.

For those who couldn't make it to Saturday's take-back, police say there are other ways to get rid of medications. A year ago a record-setting 912,305 tons of prescription drugs were collected at 5,300 drop-off sites nationwide.

"But they're highly addictive and we see that addiction just running rampant across the country".

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A bag of pills that a person dropped off at the drug take-back station in the Back Bay parking lot.

Law enforcement agencies as well as some pharmacies across the state are collecting unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications.

"Thank God that I can bring them here and I know they won't hurt anybody and they'll be disposed of properly", said Dorothy Fleischhauer, a Bartlett resident.

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