Saturday drug collections bring safety, peace of mind

There were many drop-off points in the Pioneer Valley

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thousands of western Massachusetts took a load off their minds Saturday disposing of prescription drugs they no longer use.

At the Springfield Central High School parking lot, for example – one of the many drop-off points in the Pioneer Valley.

People drove in and gave Drug Enforcement Administration personnel their unwanted pills and other prescription drugs they no longer want around the house.

The DEA’s agent in charge, Joseph Benson, confirmed for 22News the amount of dropped off drugs has been growing. “We do this twice a year, it’s a national initiative, especially here in Springfield. It seems to be getting bigger and bigger.”

DEA agent Jamie Rainwater said, “I think they’re just hoping to get rid of them. It’s nerve-wracking for them, having lots of narcotics. They get into the wrong hands – children, or anybody for illicit purposes.”

There were identical drug collection activities Saturday in Holyoke and Longmeadow, among many western Massachusetts communities.

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