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Press Release

7th National Take Back Initiative to be held October 26th

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

        BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. and Drug Enforcement Administration Resident Agent in Charge Michelle Spahn announced today that the public will have another opportunity to prevent prescription pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. The seventh National Take Back Initiative will take place this Saturday, October 26th from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

During the first six National Take Back events since September 2010, Americans turned in nearly 2.8 million pounds—almost 1,409 tons—of prescription drugs. Over 27 tons were collected in Western New York during the first six take backs, a total that represents one of the highest in the nation.

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 and indicate that 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.

DEA is in the process of drafting regulations to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (the patient or patient’s caregiver, including the owners of animals being treated by veterinarians) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. 

The following is a list of local collection sites:

Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo

St. Joseph’s Hospital, 2605 Harlem Rd., Cheektowaga

West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St., West Seneca

Buffalo State College “C” Lot, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore

West Herr Collision Center, 5140 Camp Road, Hamburg

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Rd., Williamsville

DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St. North Tonawanda

Twin District Fire Department, 4999 William St., Lancaster

Mercy Ambulatory Center, 3669 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park

Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Rd., Grand Island

Lockport Plaza, South Transit and Willow Streets, Lockport

North Collins Police Department, 10543 Main St., North Collins

Former Niagara Falls Police Headquarters, 520 Hyde Park, Niagara Falls

Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Rd., Lewiston

Bertrand Chafee Hospital, 224 E. Main St., Springville

Gowanda Village Municipal Building, 27 East Main St., Gowanda

Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center, 36 Thomas Indian School Drive, Irving

Pembroke Town Highway Barns, Routes 5 and 77, East Pembroke

Batavia Police Department, 10 W. Main St., Batavia

Arcade Police Station, 17 Church St., Arcade

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, 151 North Main St, Warsaw

Alstar Hqs. North, 738 Monroe St., Dunkirk

LeRoy Police Department, 3 W. Main St. Le Roy

Salamanca City Municipal Building, 225 Wildwood Ave., Salamanca

Lionel R. John Health Center, 987 R.C. Hoag Dr., Salamanca

Medina Fire Department, 600 Main St., Medina

Orleans County Public Safety Building, 13925 State Route 31, Albion

Geneseo Fire Department, 132 Center St., Geneseo

Holley Fire Department, 7 Thomas St., Holley

E. Avon Fire Department, 1615 W. Henrietta Road, Avon

Cuba Volunteer Fire Department, 51 East Main St., Cuba

Cattaraugus County Office Building, 1 Leo Moss Dr., Olean

Chautauqua Mall, 318 East Fairmount Ave., Lakewood

Brockport Police Department, 1 Clinton St., Brockport

Dansville Fire Department, 11 Franklin St., Dansville

Wellsville Fire Department, 20 S. Main St., Wellsville

Jamestown Pharmacy, 121 Liberty St., Jamestown
Monroe County Ecopark/Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, 10 Avion Dr., Rochester

Dansville Fire Department, 11 Franklin St., Dansville

Gates Police Department, 1605 Buffalo Rd., Gates

Brighton Police Department, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Brighton

Greece Police Department, 400 Island Cottage Rd., Greece

Almond Volunteer Fire Department, 1 Marvin Lane, Almond

East Rochester Police Department, 254 W. Ivy St., East Rochester

FF Thompson Hospital, 350 Parrish St., Canandaigua

Fairport Police Department, 31 S. Main St., Fairport

Webster Police Department, 226 Phillips Rd., Webster

Macedon Town Hall, 1620 Wayneport Rd., Macedon

Palmyra Police Department, 144 E. Main St. Palmyra

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Ontario Sub Station, 1850 Ridge Rd., Ontario

Wegman’s Plaza, 800 W. Miller St., Newark

Loson’s Big M Market, 33 Forgham St., Lyons

New York State Police, 3957 Rt. 104, Williamson

Yates County Sheriff's Department, 415 Liberty St., Penn Yan

Hammondsport Volunteer Fire Department, State Route 54, Hammondsport 

Sodus Police Department, 39 Gaylord St., Sodus

Tyrone Fire Station, 3600 State Route 226, Tyrone

Corning Police Department, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Corning





Updated December 2, 2014