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April 25, 2014

Hospitals plan drug drop-off day

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Tonawanda News — “The amount of medications that are going into our environment is enormous,” she said. “We need to make sure that medications are only taken by the right people but that they don’t end up in the water or in garbage dumps either. This (program) is a great way we dispose of the drugs properly.”

Cwierley added that when Kenmore Mercy first held a drug drop-off day in 2009, they collected several hundred pounds of prescription medications, with a street value of about $40,000. 

Phyllis Gentner, senior marketing associate at DeGraff, says that their program has also been successful. In the past, she said, they’ve seen 300 cars come through on a single day and collected just under 1,000 pounds of medication. She’s expecting an equal, if not greater, turnout this year. 

“We’re hoping the community takes it seriously,” Gentner said. “The more people participate, the more drugs we can get out of people’s homes.”

Those who plan to drop off their old prescriptions are encouraged to leave the name of the drug visible so that they can be sorted. Personal information such as names may be scratched off or blacked out. 

For a complete list of participating locations, visit www.nationalprescriptiondrugdropoff.com.

Contact reporter Mia Summerson at 693-1000, ext. 4313.

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