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Opioid addiction is a major concern for people everywhere.

Dunavant said it also takes providing people with an avenue to dispose of prescription drugs properly.

"Narcotics are very addictive and we're having a drug problem in the state right now with narcotics", Elly said.

Even after Saturday, you can safely drop off old prescription drugs year-round at TPD's station on Seventh Avenue. The Chemung County Sheriff's Office took part in the Drug Enforcement Administration's Nationwide prescription "Drug Take Back".

Drug take-back programs are not particularly new, but they are becoming more common.

"According to reports, 6.4 million Americans abuse prescription drugs", mentions Jack. "It takes education of our young people to make sure they don't become addicted in the first place", said Michael Dunavant, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. "A majority of those abusers are obtaining the drugs from family and friends by raiding their medicine cabinet".

The Drug Take-Back is put on twice a year - once in April and again in October.

There are 13 locations throughout Erie County that contain prescription drop-off boxes, including the Erie and Wesleyville Police Departments as well as Mercyhurst University's Police Department at the main and North East campuses. "People tend to abuse them or people will break into homes to steal these drugs", Mark Bartik said.


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