National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Safely dispose of your unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

Catholic Health is hosting drive-up medication drop off events at locations in Erie and Niagara Counties. Anyone may drop off unwanted or expired medications. 

Vaping devices and cartridges will also be accepted at these locations. Please note, lithium ion batteries must be removed from devices prior to drop-off. We cannot accept devices containing lithium ion batteries.

Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kenmore Mercy Hospital
2950 Elmwood Ave.
Kenmore, NY

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital
5300 Military Rd.
Lewiston, NY

Preventing Drug Abuse

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives.

By participating in the DEA take back programs, Catholic Health is helping get drugs off the streets and out of homes.  Prescription drugs are a common cause of accidental poisonings in children and should not be kept around if they’re no longer needed. Leftover prescription opioid painkillers, in particular, pose a risk for addiction and overdoses.

Cleaning out old prescription and over the counter drugs from your home reduces accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of medicines.

Safely Dispose of Unused Medication

The last Take-Back Day brought in more than 420 tons of unused or expired prescription medication nationally.

In addition, people are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – may have negative environmental impacts. In between drop off events, medications may be taken to a community disposal kiosk. To find one near you, visit