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Wheatfield plays host to pill drop-off

by jmaloni
Fri, Sep 16th 2011 09:45 pm

Refuse District, Maziarz sponsor Ward Road collection      

Niagara County's Refuse Disposal District will hold one of its popular pharmaceutical collections Saturday in Wheatfield, Niagara County Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, C-Wheatfield, announced.

The pill turn-in effort is jointly organized by the Refuse District, Sen. George D. Maziarz, Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, Sheriff James R. Voutour, and District Attorney Michael Violante. Wheatfield Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe worked closely with planners to bring the collection to the rapidly growing town following previous successful pharmaceutical collections in Lockport, Lewiston and Gasport.

The collection is free and open to all county residents.

"Collecting pharmaceuticals is a critical service we've worked hard to provide to our residents, because we want to protect Niagara County's children and our environment," Ross explained. "When people flush old medication down the toilet, it makes its way into our waterways and our drinking water supplies. The pharmaceutical collections help mitigate that."

Previous collections have netted tens of thousands of doses of drugs since the collections began in 2009. Residents may turn in any medicinal products, including over-the-counter and prescription drugs, with total privacy. Qualified pharmacy personnel will collect all turned in materials before having them destroyed.

WHO: Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, Sen. George D. Maziarz, Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, Sheriff James R. Voutour, District Attorney Michael Violante, Supervisor Robert Cliffe, Niagara County Refuse District Director Rick Pope.

WHAT: Holding pharmaceutical collection in Wheatfield, open to all county residents. All medications and medicinal products, including over-the-counter and prescription drugs, may be turned in.           

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

WHERE: Wheatfield Town Highway Garage, 6680 Ward Road, Wheatfield.  

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