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Opiate Awareness Walk, drug drop-off set for Saturday

An Opiate Awareness and Memorial Walk to honor those who have died from heroin overdoses in the region and a free drug drop-off program are set for Saturday in Erie County as part of the 11th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

County Health Commissioner Gale R. Burstein, Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. and John P. Flickinger, resident agent in charge of the Buffalo office of the Drug Enforcement Agency, gathered at the downtown Central District Police Station Friday afternoon to urge citizens to participate in both events.

“The Drug Take Back Day gives Erie County residents the opportunity to rid their homes of dangerous unused prescription pain medications,” Burstein said.

“The walk provides residents with a chance to share in our community’s grief for the loss of all the victims in drug overdoses. It’s very sad that this disease of the brain has killed so many. This will help residents to beat the stigma and lend support to each other.”

The two-mile walk starts at 10 a.m. at Cleveland Circle at SUNY Buffalo State and is sponsored by the Erie County Opioid Epidemic Task Force’s Family Work Group and the West Side Youth Development Coalition.

Twelve free drug drop-off locations are situated at:

• Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, 224 E. Main St., Springville

• SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Lot R4

• North Collins Police Department, 10543 Main St.

• Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road

• Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Tonawanda

• DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda

• Mercy Ambulatory Care Center, 3669 Southwestern Blvd.,Orchard Park

• Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Road, Amherst

• Evans Center Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road

• Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga

• Town of Hamburg Department of Youth, Recreation & Senior Center, 4540 Southwestern Blvd.

• West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St.