BCH is a designated drop-off site for unused, expired medicines

Given the continued prevalence of drug abuse nationwide, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) national office has re-started its drug disposal program. National Drug Take Back Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville has been designated as a site for the collection of unwanted pharmaceuticals.

Pharmacists and volunteers from D’Youville College will be on-site to coordinate the collection of unused or expired medicines, and will be accompanied by the Erie County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the DEA web site and the U.S. Department of Justice, pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.  The availability of unused or expired prescription medications has turned into a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.  Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives by keeping them out of the hands of children and teenagers, and protects the environment by keeping them out of the water supply.

Mark your calendars and check your medicine cabinets for expired or unused pharmaceuticals.   Permanent drug disposal boxes continue to be available throughout Erie County.