Don’t Forget To Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinets For Drug Take Back Day

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LAKEWOOD – While many might be getting ready for some spring cleaning, law enforcement across the area is asking residents to remember to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of leftover drugs properly.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is holding its 20th annual ‘Take Back Day’ on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids, syringes and other sharps and illegal drugs will not be accepted.

In Chautauqua County, sites will take place at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood, Alstar Ambulance Depot on Monroe Street in Dunkirk and Westfield Family Physician’s Office in Westfield.

Additionally, take back locations will be held at the Salamanca City Municipal Building, Fire Department and City of Warren Police Department and Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During an event last fall, close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs were taken off the streets. Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs.

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