For immediate release: Oct. 19, 2017
Contact: Dan Carey at Daniel.Carey@MassMail.State.MA.US
Help get drugs out of circulation on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
According to the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than half of people aged 12 or older who misused pain relievers said they had obtained them from a friend or relative. This is with or without their knowledge.
But, if by having unsecured drugs in our homes we could inadvertently be contributing to the current opioids crisis, we can be part of the solution by locking drugs up at home and properly disposing of unwanted ones.
Anyone can bring their unwanted prescriptions and other medications to a drop box at locations throughout Hampshire and Franklin counties on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., for environmentally sound disposal, no questions asked. There are also permanent drop boxes at many police stations. (See poster for locations.)
“Let’s get these drugs out of circulation and help prevent addiction from taking hold in our communities,” Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said.
Since 2011, over 18 tons of unwanted medications have been collected from the permanent boxes and National Take Back Days. Over 2,000 pounds were collected during last year's Take Back Day alone, and so far in 2017, some 4,700 pounds have been collected at the permanent drop boxes.
Participating communities in the Oct. 28 Take Back include, in Hampshire County: Amherst, Belchertown, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Northampton, Southampton, South Hadley, Williamsburg, and Worthington; and in Franklin County: Deerfield, Greenfield, Leverett and Sunderland.