Drug drop off Saturday in Dunkirk

The City of Dunkirk Police Department and WCA ALSTAR Ambulance, in cooperation with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency are coordinating a North County location for National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day on Saturday Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WCA ALSTAR Services has again graciously provided its North Headquarters for the drive-in, drop-off location. ALSTAR North is located behind School 3 at Route 60 and Orchard Street in the city of Dunkirk. The prescriptions can be dropped off with no questions asked.

This is a very important program because any unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issues leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.

In many states, deaths from prescription drugs now exceeds those from motor vehicles accidents, with opiate painkillers like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin leading abuse. Recent reports show that the number of people seeking treatment for painkiller addiction had increased 400 percent within the last 10 years. Reports show that one in 10 twelfth-grade students used pharmaceutical narcotic painkillers for non-medical use. The reports also show that the majority of the teenagers (62 percent) using prescription drugs got them from family and friends, including from medicine cabinets in their own homes.

Unintentional overdose deaths from prescription opiods increased 175 percent over a five-year period. Recent reports note that there were 6.2 million Americans age 12 years and older who abused prescription drugs within the past month with 7 of the 10 most commonly abused drugs by teenagers being prescription medicine.

“Proper disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs can eliminate temptation for abuse and the temptation for them to be stolen from a residence. The proper disposal also does not affect the environment, which can happen if they are flushed into the sewer system. Most importantly, proper disposal can help lower the death rate related to overdose and abuse, especially in our children and young adults,” Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano explained.

Take the time to empty your shelves and cabinets from unused and expired prescription drugs and bring them to the drop-off point at ALSTAR Ambulance behind School 3 on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Again, this will be a drive-in and drop-off with no questions asked.