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blog by S.J. Velasquez  • 

Western New Yorkers can rid their medicine cabinets of unnecessary and expired drugs Saturday at drop-off spots throughout the region.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and area police departments are working together to rid households of prescription drugs and other medication-related items as part of the national take-back day.

More than 18 locations in and around Buffalo will be accepting “expired or unwanted prescription and over-the- counter-drugs, including controlled substances, EPI-pens, pet medications, inhalers,” according to a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) statement.

For information about specific drop-off points in your area, visit the DEA’s drop-off locator page on the organization’s website. For more information about accepted drugs, contact the police department affiliated with the drop-off location.

“Government data show that 6.1 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2011 and that about 20,000 people a year die from prescription drug overdoses,” the Washington Post reports.

TAGGED: drug enforcement administration, drugs, police department, prescription drugs

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