SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Many people have unused medications in their homes, and they shouldn’t have to wait to get rid of them- that’s why a growing number of communities have set up drop-off boxes to safely dispose of the unneeded drugs.
Southampton is one of 19 communities in Northwestern DA David Sullivan’s jurisdiction which now have such drop off boxes. The new box was unveiled at the Southampton police station Thursday morning.
While Sullivan’s office holds drug drop-off events several times a year, the idea behind the boxes is to allow a permanent place people can go to dispose of the drugs at their convenience. He said that it’s important that those who don’t need painkillers and other drugs to properly get rid of them- otherwise people struggling with addiction may obtain them.
“We just can’t wait any longer to get rid of all those unwanted medications- the chance for abuse is really high, someone will start taking those painkillers, prescription pills- that’s the start of heroin addiction for many people,” Sullivan said.
22News went out into the community to find out whether people will take the DA up on his plan to fill the drug boxes quickly.
“I think it’s wonderful, because sometimes you’re tempted to just discard them,” Joan DeFilipi of Southampton said.
Five communities in Hampden County also have similar drop-off boxes.
Southampton Police Chief Mike Goyette still encourages discarding of hypodermic needles at the town health department.