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Drug disposal sites added in Niagara County

Chris Caya WBFO News

To help fight the prescription drug epidemic, Niagara County is making it easier to dispose of old medications.

The county has doubled the number of its drop-off sites to six. Bill Bly, an addictions counselor at Horizon Village in Sanborn says, everyone needs to realize how important it is to safely dispose of unwanted prescriptions.

Credit Chris Caya WBFO News
Horizon Village, senior counselor, Bill Bly.

"If one person makes that drop that's one less possibility of somebody getting caught up - or continuing their addiction," Bly said.    

Any over-the-counter or prescription pharmaceutical can be deposited in the drop boxes - located at the police departments in North Tonawanda, Middleport, Town of Niagara, Lewiston, Niagara Falls, and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

"So if we can get the word out to as many people as possible that this is a way to prevent their grandchildren from starting an addiction or continuing an addiction. Hopefully, families will come together and help their elderly parents to understand the importance of doing that."   

To keep them out of the water supply, and out of landfills, the drugs are incinerated at a local power plant.