New Disposal Drop Box Location Opens at Lakewood-Busti Police Dept.

(L to R): Investigator Jarrett Reed, SSG Justin Chernogorec US Army National Guard - Counterdrug Task Force, Chief John Bently of Lakewood-Busti Police Department and Kelley Potter, Hope Chautauqua Coalition Coordinator standing beside the newest drop box at the Lakewood-Busti Police Department

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(L to R): Investigator Jarrett Reed, SSG Justin Chernogorec US Army National Guard – Counterdrug Task Force, Chief John Bently of Lakewood-Busti Police Department and Kelley Potter, Hope Chautauqua Coalition Coordinator standing beside the newest drop box at the Lakewood-Busti Police Department

As part of Hope Chautauqua’s ongoing Take It To THE BOX campaign, this month they announced a new location for the medication disposal drop boxes at the Lakewood-Busti Police Department in Lakewood, NY. This newly added drop box site will allow local residents to dispose safely of their unused, unwanted or expired prescription medication 24/7, free and anonymously. By providing this drop box location for residents, Hope Chautauqua and the Lakewood-Busti Police hope to keep the community safer and healthier for the upcoming summer months.

The medication disposal drop box is located at the police department at 20 W Summit St, Lakewood, NY 14750. All prescription medications are accepted, as of now sharps are not. In the upcoming months, a resource for sharps will become available.

There are additional drop box sites across Chautauqua County: Jamestown Police Department (201 East 2nd St. Jamestown), Westfield Police Department (27 Elm St. Eason Hall Westfield), Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office (15 E. Chautauqua St. Mayville), Fredonia Police Department (9 Church St. Fredonia), and Silver Creek Court Clerk’s Office Municipal Building (172 Central Ave. Silver Creek; M-Th, 9am-2pm). Again, all of these are free and anonymous and local residents are encouraged to utilize these resources without fear.

These drop box locations have made huge improvements for not only county residents but for public health and the environment. Studies have shown that flushing prescription pills down the toilet that are unwanted or expired puts more drug compounds into the environment and water supply. HOPE Chautauqua’s Take It To THE BOX campaign is aimed at bringing awareness to the permanent disposal drop boxes in the county and three very important actions Safe Use, Safe Storage and Safe Disposal of medications. These important actions can be taken today to prevent the misuse of, and addiction to prescription drugs and heroin.

“The installation of the drug drop box at Lakewood-Busti Police station is a positive step toward assisting the community in taking potentially dangerous drugs off the street and being able to properly dispose of them” said Chief John Bently of the Lakewood-Busti Police Department.

A special thanks for the coordination and help in this process to the Lakewood Village Highway Department for installing and securing the drop box, Western New York Community Action Partners, WNYCDC, Erie County Department of Health, and the National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs you can go to HOPE Chautauqua on Facebook www.facebook.com/hopechautauqua or contact CASAC at 366-4623 or 664-3608.

About Hope Chautauqua

HOPE Chautauqua is a community substance abuse prevention coalition and an initiative of Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC). Since 1974, CASAC has provided prevention education and community awareness regarding the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse. For more information visit www.casacweb.org .