Tonawanda News — Erie County will hold what has become an annual effort to collect unused prescription drugs to counteract the rising tide of arrests and addiction related to an uptick in abuse.
The event, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is called National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when thousands of pounds of medicine are collected each year around the country and disposed of properly.
A total of 488,395 pounds of medication were brought to hospitals and law enforcement agencies nationwide last year, according to Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick.
Locally, the take-back efforts will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 in two locations. The Town of Tonawanda Police Department will be collecting at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., and the Grand Island Police Department will be collecting at Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.