Drug Take-Back Day Set For Saturday

The Drug Enforcement Administration scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

In the five previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with New York state, local and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications that were removed from circulation.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

Officers from the Jamestown Police Department and the New York State Police will be on hand at the Southside Plaza outside of the Southside Pharmacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept unwanted prescription medications.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office also plans to hold a Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deputies will be present at the Chautauqua Mall parking lot in front of J.C. Penney in Lakewood; at Alstar Ambulance on Monroe Street in Dunkirk; and at the Foote Avenue Plaza in Jamestown.

“Prescription drug abuse, misuse and accidental poisoning are a critical problem within our community,” said Sheriff Joseph Gerace. “The Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is an excellent program to rid our community of these potentially dangerous drugs and have it done with no adverse impact on our environment.”