Walgreens offers a safe way to dispose of unused medication

These kiosks are open 24 hours a day and completely anonymous

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new safe medication disposal kiosk has been installed at the Walgreens Pharmacy on Sumner Avenue in Springfield.

The new safe medication disposal kiosk in Springfield is 1 of 13 new locations the company has installed in Massachusetts to dispose of unused medications at no cost, year-round. Walgreens is installing these kiosks at 500 pharmacies across 35 states, and Washington D.C.

“We had people calling all the time asking where can I get rid of my old drugs,” Walgreens Pharmacy Manager Nicole Gee told 22News. The safe medication disposal kiosks accept prescription and over the counter medications. They will not accept illegal drugs, needles, lotions or liquids, aerosol cans, thermometers or hydrogen peroxide.

Walgreens Regional Vice President Brad Ulrich said, “It helps by getting drugs off the street; both medications that are no longer needed, or just to get them out of medicine cabinets and out of the home into a safe disposable environment.”

“I’ve seen them before in other states, and it’s just a safety measure to dispose of medications in the proper way; you shouldn’t be throwing them down the sink or toilet because that can contaminate the water in the supply system,” said Antonietta Calento of Longmeadow.

These kiosks are open 24 hours a day, and it’s completely anonymous. The new program launched in Springfield on Tuesday at 501 Sumner Avenue, the only one in western Massachusetts.

Below is a list of the Walgreens in Massachusetts with safe medication disposal kiosks:

  • East Boston – 1 Central Square
  • Fall River – 369 Plymouth Avenue
  • Framingham – 653 Worcester Road
  • Gloucester – 201 Main Street
  • Lowell – 54 Plain Street
  • Malden – 185 Centre Street
  • Quincy – 418 Quincy Avenue
  • Randolph – 170 N. Main Street
  • Roxbury – 416 Warren Street
  • Springfield – 501 Sumner Avenue
  • Stoneham – 225 Main Street
  • Stoughton – 413 Washington Street
  • Worcester – 320 Park Avenue

These kiosks are considered safe because they’re locked and monitored by surveillance cameras at all times.