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2,500 pounds of prescription drugs collected by Erie County Sheriff’s Office

During the past five months more that 2,500 pounds of prescription drugs were collected by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, said Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard.

The Sheriff’s Prescription Drop-off program collected and safely incinerated 2,660 pounds of prescription medications Tuesday. The drugs were collected monthly from 13 drop-off sites monitored by deputies. The collections targeted drugs, needles, prescription patches, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples and pet medications.

Items not accepted include: thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans and medications from businesses and clinics.

Secure receptacles at drop-off sites provide an anonymous disposal method for medications and prevent the drugs from getting into the hands of children, addicts or into the water supply.

Howard encouraged citizens to utilize these receptacles to properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescriptions.

For a list of locations please visit www.erie.gov/sheriff and look for the drop-box information link.