New drug drop boxes unveiled


Erie County Executive Barry Grossman will be on campus Monday to unveil the new MED RETURN UNIT in the Mercyhurst Office of Police & Safety.

Grossman will take part in a 2 p.m. press conference organized by Safe Communities Erie, Erie County Department of Health. He will be joined by Mercyhurst Police Chief Robert Kuhn and Executive Director of Wellness Judy Smith, Ph.D.

“Our Med Return project makes a real contribution to campus safety by providing a quick and ready way in which students, faculty and staff have ease of return and proper disposal of prescription drugs,.” Smith said.

New units at the Erie and North East campuses bring to 16 the total number of locations in Erie County housing drug drop boxes. The goal of the initiative is to provide for safe disposal of unwanted or expired medications. Besides working to prevent overdoses and prescription drug abuse, the initiative is expected to help protect the environment by avoiding water pollution from unsafe disposal of medications.






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