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County Responds to Drug Crisis with Permanent Pharmaceutical Drop-off Sites

Bradt: Eliminating Prescription Drugs from Circulation Critical

Author: Anonym/Tuesday, June 28, 2016/Categories: General

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County Responds to Drug Crisis with Permanent pharmaceutical Drop-off sites

Bradt: Eliminating Prescription Drugs from Circulation Critical


North Tonawanda—Niagara County will add three sites for disposal of pharmaceuticals around the county in response to concerns about prescriptions making their way to the streets, with a formal dedication of one drop-off site this week.


County and state leaders will formally dedicate one of those drop-off points, located at the North Tonawanda Police Department, 216 Payne Ave., Wednesday at 10 a.m. The drop-off container, a sealed metal box similar to a mailbox, was donated by Covanta Niagara. The Covanta Energy-from-Waste facility will safely destroy and convert the collected medications into clean energy at no cost to Niagara County.


“Niagara County is watching the resurgence of drug abuse closely, and with our present national opioid crisis, it is clear that eliminating prescription narcotics from circulation must be a priority,” said Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda. “This provides a secure, legal disposal alternative for prescription drugs that keeps them out of the waste stream and off the streets.”


A key state leader in the fight against opioids, who will join the county in dedicating the North Tonawanda site, praised the decision to add the drop-off boxes.


New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Co-Chair Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said, “As co-chair of the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I’ve heard from those struggling with substance abuse and their families and understand the unique challenges that come with addiction. Prescription drug abuse is cutting across all demographics to affect people of all ages, ethnicities, geographic regions, and social classes. Prevention is critically important. These prescription drop-off boxes will keep unwanted drugs out of the wrong hands, and help to curb this growing epidemic.”       


“Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic. At Covanta Niagara, we are proud to provide Niagara County residents with a confidential and environmentally sound way to dispose of unwanted prescription medications, avoiding potential abuse and keeping them from contaminating our water supplies,” said Kevin O’Neil, Covanta Niagara business manager. “The addition of these three new drop-box locations will further protect the community and the environment from improper medication disposal.”


Additional drop-off points will be located at the Middleport Police Department, 12 Main St., Middleport, and Town of Niagara Police Department, 7105 Lockport Road, Niagara, as well as an existing collection points at the Lewiston Police Department, 4059 Creek Road, Lewiston and Niagara Falls Police Department, 1295 Main St., Niagara Falls, and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, 5526 Niagara St. Ext., Lockport.



WHO:  Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, County Legislature Majority Leader Randy Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, Legislator Rich Andres, R-North Tonawanda, Mayor Art Pappas, R-North Tonawanda, City Attorney Katherine Alexander, R-North Tonawanda, Niagara County Director of Mental Health Laura Keleman, Covanta Niagara Business Manager Kevin O’Neil.


WHAT:  Dedicating prescription drug drop-box at North Tonawanda Police Department.


WHEN:  Wednesday, June 29 at 10 a.m.


WHERE:  North Tonawanda Police Department, 216 Payne Ave.         


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