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Prescription drug drop-off sites to fight abuse

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WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

With an epidemic of prescription drug abuse -- citizens are once again being encouraged to drop-off any unused medications. 

More than 30-sites will be set up in the region this Saturday, September 30th from 1o a.m. to 2 p.m. for the fifth National Take Back Initiative.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul appeared at Cheektowaga Central High School Wednesday where he asked students to urge their parents to turn in any unused prescriptions and avoid dangerous addictions.

"And it takes you down a deep, dark hole.  We see plenty of kids, all the time, who end up in pretty bad positions, sometimes even death," said Hochul.

DEA  Agent in Charge Dale Kasprzyk encouraged students to ask their parents to turn in any unused
medications in an effort to prevent prescription drug abuse.  Kasprzyk says local residents turned in pounds
of drugs at a drop-off this past spring.
"In April of this year we collected over 12,000 pounds of pharmaceuticals.  12,000 pounds from over
30-drop-off sites," said Kaszpryzk.  "These are dangerous substances that we really have to get out of the
homes of parents and grandparents, because young people will often get a hold of these drug."