DEA 7TH National Prescription Drug Drop-off October 26, 2013

News from Sheriff's Office, Posted on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 12:21pm

Drug Drop-off

With public participation at an all-time high after six prior events in three years, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national, tribal, and community partners will hold a seventh National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at thousands of sites across America on Saturday the 26th.  These Take Back Days give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.  Collection sites are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

Prescription drugs that languish in medicine cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high; almost twice as many Americans (6.8 million) currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Americans participating in DEA’s six previous Take-Back Days turned in nearly 2.8 million pounds—almost 1,409 tons—of prescription drugs, most recently at more than 5,800 sites operated by over 4,300 of DEA’s law enforcement partners.

ALL MEDICATIONS, PRESCRIPTION AND OVER-THE-COUNTER WILL BE ACCEPTED AT ALL SITES.  NEEDLES WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTED. 

For Additional Information for Cattaraugus County, Please contact Inv. Christa Heckathorn at 716-938-2572.  

Cattaraugus County Drop Off Locations from 10am – 2 pm

 

Olean County Building – Leo Moss Drive, Olean

Salamanca City Municipal Building, In front of the Fire hall

Seneca Nation Lionel R. John Health Center, Salamanca

Gowanda Village Police Department

Delevan Health Center, Delevan Plaza

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