CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The opioid crisis has grown substantially here in western Massachusetts over the past 15 years. Now, Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni is working to fight it by adding boxes where people can turn in their unused unwanted pain pills.
There will soon be over a dozen Med Return boxes in Hampden County. As residents dispose of unused or unwanted medications and the boxes fill, the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department will dispose of them at an incinerator in West Springfield.
Currently, there are eight med return boxes throughout Hampden County: they’re at the police departments in Agawam, Chicopee, Hamden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Southwick and Westfield.
Med return boxes locations:
Agawam Police Department Chicopee Police Department Hampden Police Department
681 Springfield St. 110 Church St. 100 Allen St.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030 Chicopee, MA 01020 Hampden, MA 01036
Longmeadow Police Department Ludlow Police Department Monson Police Department
34 Williams St. 612 Chapin St. 110 Main St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106 Ludlow, MA 01056 Monson, MA 01057
Southwick Police Department Westfield Police Department
11 Depot St. 15 Washington St.
Southwick, MA 01077 Westfield, MA 01085
Med Boxes to be deployed:
East Longmeadow Police Department Palmer Police Department West Springfield Police Department
160 Somers Rd. 4419 Main St. 26 Central Street #22
East Longmeadow MA 01028 Palmer MA 01069 West Springfield MA 01089
Wilbraham Police Department Hampden County House of Correction
16 Main St. 627 Randall Rd,
Wilbraham MA 01095 Ludlow, MA 01056
WMass Regional Women’s Correctional Center
701 Center Street
Chicopee, MA 01013
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “As we in local and regional law enforcement continue to fight on the frontlines against opiate abuse and addiction, we look to attack the problem at every angle. As a result, we are working together on this new initiative to responsibly discard medications from our bathroom cabinets and kitchen cupboards to ensure that they do not fall into the hands of those for whom they are not intended, and preventing misuse and addiction.”
Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe stated, “This is a great example of local law enforcement working together as a team to best serve our citizens. Whether it’s the opioid scourge or any other challenge, we are strongest when we are unified and indivisible. District Attorney Gulluni is really fulfilling a vital role for a district attorney: coordinating the best efforts and resources of the criminal justice and law enforcement community .True leadership.”