Franklin County communities to take part in national drug take back

Recorder Staff
Published: 4/24/2018 3:14:53 PM

Five Franklin County communities will play host to disposal sites for old or unwanted prescription drugs Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

People can bring their prescriptions to police stations in Ashfield, Deerfield, Greenfield, Leverett and Sunderland, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. where they will be taken and properly disposed of.

“It’s just an ongoing effort,” Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan said, whose office is involved in coordinating the effort in Franklin and Hampshire counties. “It’s a matter of getting them out of your cabinets and to a safe disposal.”

Over 2,000 pounds were collected during last year’s Take Back Day. More than 21 tons of prescription drugs have been collected either through Take Back days or permanent collection boxes located in the two counties since 2011, according to information from the district attorney’s office.

“We really want the seniors to contribute as much as they can,” Sullivan said. “These medications get outdated or they change medications.”

If people can’t come to one of these sites on Saturday, there’s still an opportunity to safely dispose of these prescription drugs, the district attorney’s office states, through police stations with permanent drop box locations. In Franklin County, this includes Bernardston, Buckland, Deerfield, Erving, Greenfield, Leverett, Montague, Orange, Sunderland and Whately. Also, there’s a collection box at the Athol Police Department in Worcester County.


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