Western Mass. gears up for prescription drug take back day

Where you can bring your unwanted medications

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you have any unused or unwanted medications in your cabinet, it’s time to get rid of them safely.

We’ve all had them; that antibiotic for an infection or a pain medication after an injury. However, keeping these drugs in your cabinet after they’ve expired, or when you no longer need them, poses a serious risk.

“If you know you may have teenage children who are experimenting with gateway drugs, children can get into the medicine cabinet so it’s always important to have proper disposal of these medicines,” said Hassen Borhot, a nurse practitioner at AFC Doctors Express.

Proper being the key word. Throwing out prescription pills or flushing them down the toilet poses a risk to the environment.

The chemicals in these pills have been found in rivers and plants, contaminating wildlife. They also pollute ground water, which can affect your drinking water.

Here is a list of Prescription Drug Take Back’s happening in your area:

  • Chicopee
    • Saturday April 30th, 10a.m. to 2p.m.
    • Rear of the Public Safety Complex (15 Court Street)
  • Northampton:
    • Saturday April 30th, 10a.m. to 2p.m.
    • Jackson St. School (120 Jackson Street)
  • Eastlongmeadow:
    • Saturday April 30th, 10a.m. to 2p.m.
    • East Longmeadow Police Department (160 Somers Road)
  • West Springfield
    • Saturday April 30th, 10a.m. to 2p.m.
    • West Springfield Police Department (26 Central Street)
  • Springfield:
    • Saturday April 30th, 10a.m. to 2p.m.
    • Central High School Parking lot (1840 Roosevelt Ave.)

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