CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Saturday’s National Prescription Drug take back day was a success.
Despite the rain, people who cleaned out their medicine cabinets stopped by drop off locations in many Hampshire and Franklin County towns to dispose of their unwanted or expired medication.
Above is a picture of large jar of pills weighing 25 pounds, that one family brought to the South Hadley Police Station. In all, a total of 60 large boxes weighing 1,525 pounds were collected in Hampshire County alone.
“This is the safe way to do it. I know kids won’t get a hold of them some way, I won’t put them in the trash, kids can’t go through the trash.” said Jim McCarthy of Springfield.
Joseph Karas, of the Springfield D.E.A. told 22News “If they’re just flushed down the toilet they’ll go into the water table, into the sewer system, and it can contaminate the water that we drink.”
The prescription drug take back program has been going on in western Massachusetts for the past three years. If you couldn’t make it Saturday, don’t worry, 22News is working for you with a list of permanent drop-off locations.