Cattaraugus County To Participate In Drug Take Back Day

With public participation at an all-time high after six prior events in three years, the Drug Enforcement Administration 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. Cattaraugus County is participating.

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 almost twice as high as 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 drugs will be accepted at all sites. Needles will also be accepted.

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

Cattaraugus County Drop Off Locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. include: 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.