‘Drug Take Back Day’ scheduled for Saturday


Staff Writer
Published: 10/22/2020 2:18:19 PM

Residents who are looking to get rid of their unused and expired drugs can safely do so at drop-off locations across the region on Saturday.

Law enforcement officers will be stationed at 16 locations across Hampshire and Franklin counties and Athol from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday collecting drugs for “Drug Take Back Day,” according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. People can drive up and hand off their drugs to police without getting out of their vehicles.

Vitamins as well as prescription and non-prescription drugs will be accepted, and can remain in their original bottles with labels. Liquids, syringes, IV equipment or chemotherapy drugs will not be accepted. After collection, the drugs will be boxed, sealed and taken by authorities to Community Eco Power in Agawam for incineration.

Local law enforcement and other partners have established permanent drug boxes throughout the region — many of which reached capacity in recent months. More than 57,000 pounds of drugs have been collected since 2011, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The Franklin County locations are: the Deerfield Police Station, 8 Conway St.; the Greenfield Police Station, 321 High St.; the Leverett Police Station, 90 Montague Road; the Montague Police Station, 180 Turnpike Road; and the Sunderland Police Station, 105 River Road. The Athol Police Station at 280 Exchange St. is also participating.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com.


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