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A day for disposing of prescription drugs

Several sites in Niagara County will participate in "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners, the Take Back Days give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Niagara County sites are:

*Lewiston: sponsored by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office at Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road.

*Niagara Falls: sponsored by the Niagara Falls Police Department at the former city Police Headquarters, 520 Hyde Park Blvd.

*Lockport: sponsored by the Lockport Police Department in the Lockport Plaza, at the intersection of South Transit and Willow streets.

*North Tonawanda: sponsored by the North Tonawanda Police Department at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St.

The Medina Fire Department at 600 Main St. in Orleans County, sponsored by Orleans County Sheriff's Office, also is a drop-off site.

People participating in three previous Take-Back Days turned in nearly a million pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by more than 4,000 of the DEA's state and local law enforcement partners. Last fall's event encouraged participation by long-term care facilities and Indian nations well as the general public.