Drop off unused prescription drugs Saturday at five Franklin County site

  • Those who have unwanted or unused prescription drugs will have the opportunity to dispose of them on Saturday through the 18th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Courtesy photo/Max Pixel

Staff Writer
Published: 10/23/2019 5:35:10 PM

Those who have unwanted or unused prescription drugs will have the opportunity to dispose of them on Saturday at locations throughout Franklin County and Athol.

The 18th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 52,000 pounds of drugs have been collected throughout Franklin and Hampshire counties and Athol since 2011.

“This is a great opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets and get your unwanted drugs away from young people and others who might misuse them,” Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, about 80 percent of people who use heroin report that they used prescription opioids first.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was launched by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2010 as a “key strategy in preventing prescription drug diversion and abuse, while safeguarding the environment.”

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office coordinates the local effort in cooperation with the DEA; the sheriffs’ offices in Hampshire and Franklin counties; local police and seniors involved in the community policing initiative known as TRIAD; and local drug misuse prevention groups.

Once the drugs are collected, they are boxed at the area sites and transported by law enforcement officials to Community Eco Power in Agawam, where they are incinerated and converted into renewable energy.

Collection sites are at:

■Deerfield Police Department, 8 Conway St., South Deerfield

■Greenfield Police Department, 321 High St., Greenfield

■Sunderland Police Department, 105 River Road, Sunderland

■Montague Police Department, 180 Turnpike Road, Turners Falls

■Leverett Police Department, 95 Montague Road, Leverett

Medications can also be brought to permanent drop-box locations at police stations in Ashfield, Athol, Bernardston, Buckland, Deerfield, Erving, Greenfield, Leverett, Montague, Orange, Sunderland and Whately.

Medicines can remain in their original containers with labels. No liquids, syringes, IV equipment or chemotherapy drugs should be dropped off. Prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins and veterinary medicines are also acceptable.

For more information, visit: northwesternda.org.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-0261, ext. 269 or afritz@recorder.com.




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