Drug Take Back Day 2017 is a wrap! A total of 1,657 pounds of drugs were collected in Hampshire and Franklin counties today.
That's about 3/4's of a ton of unwanted medications out of circulation.
Since 2011, over 18 tons of unwanted medications had been collected from the permanent boxes and National Take Back Days. Over 2,000 pounds were collected during last year's Take Back Day, and so far in 2017, some 4,700 pounds had been collected at permanent drop boxes in the two counties. Today's collection raises the total number of tons collected to about 19.
Amherst Police Officer Jessica Damon (foreground) and Detective Tina Knightly, collecting drugs outside Wildwood Elementary School in Amherst.
South Hadley Police Officer Rhyan Belisle, today, by the Permanent Drug Box in the Police Station
Participating communities in this year's Oct. 28 Take Back included, in Hampshire County: Amherst, Belchertown, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Northampton, Southampton, South Hadley, Williamsburg, and Worthington; and in Franklin County: Deerfield, Greenfield, Leverett and Sunderland.