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Saturday drop-offs to ease dangers

For the third year in a row, the federal government is offering the public a safe way to dispose of dangerous prescription drugs.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, part of a campaign to reduce the supply of unwanted and unneeded drugs, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at dozens of locations in Western New York.

The nationwide effort -- this is the fourth take-back day in three years -- has resulted in nearly 500 tons of prescription drugs being turned in, no questions asked.

Of that, about 10 tons has come from Western New York.

"A medicine chest in your home can be a threat," U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Wednesday. "Our message this Saturday is, 'If you see something, do something.' "

The event helps the public safely dispose of prescription drugs that could fall into the hands of children or addicts or, when flushed down the toilet, get into the water system.

Here are the drop-off locations, by county:

*Erie -- Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; Sisters Hospital -- St. Joseph Campus, 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga; West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St.; Buffalo State College "C" Lot, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda; West Herr Collision Center, 5140 Camp Road, Hamburg; Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Road, Amherst; Twin District Fire Department, 4999 William St., Lancaster; Mercy Ambulatory Center, 3669 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park; Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road; North Collins Police Department, 10543 Main St.; and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, 224 E. Main St., Springville.

*Niagara -- DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda; Lockport Plaza, South Transit and Willow streets; former Niagara Falls Police Headquarters, 520 Hyde Park Blvd.; and Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston.

*Cattaraugus -- Gowanda Village Municipal Building, 27 East Main St.; Cattaraugus County Office Building, 1 Leo Moss Drive, Olean; Salamanca City Municipal Building, 225 Wildwood Ave.; and Lionel R. John Health Center, 987 R.C. Hoag Drive, Salamanca.

*Chautauqua -- Chautauqua Mall, 318 East Fairmount Ave., Lakewood; Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center, 36 Thomas Indian School Drive, Irving; and Alstar Ambulance Headquarters North, 738 Monroe St., Dunkirk.

*Genesee -- Pembroke Town Highway Barns, Routes 5 and 77, East Pembroke, and Geneseo Fire Department, 132 Center St.

*Orleans -- Holley Fire Department, 7 Thomas St.; Medina Fire Department, 600 Main St.; and Orleans County Public Safety Building, 13925 State Route 31, Albion.

*Wyoming -- Arcade Police Station, 17 Church St.; and Wyoming County Sheriff's Office, 151 N. Main St., Warsaw.

email: pfairbanks@buffnews.com