BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Erie County Sheriff's Office along with other County officials, dropped off nearly two tons of prescription drugs at one of their disposal sites on Wednesday.
The disposal site will store the medications until they are transported to Coventa Energy, a New York Department of Environment and Conservation regulated facility, where they are incinerated and turned it to energy.
“My office initiated a prescription drug drop off program four years ago with only a few box locations, and now this program has grown to more than twenty locations which have collected 15-tons of medications." said Sheriff Timothy Howard during a press conference held after the drop off. "My office’s drop-off kiosks, along with the county’s, and area towns’ are having an impact on illegal prescription drug use by removing unwanted or unused drugs from people’s homes.”
Sheriff Howard was joined by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Dr. Gale Burstein, the county's Health Commissioner and Legislator Ted Morton.
Along with prescription drugs, the disposal sites also work to get rid of syringes, something Morton sees as a valuable asset.
"As Chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee, I know the threat that improperly disposing of these items can have on our waterways and landfills. It is important for residents to know of these numerous drop-off sites to insure that items are properly disposed of”
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