Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – National Drug Take Back Day will be held Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at various locations across western Massachusetts.

Drug Take Back Day will give the public an opportunity to get rid of unwanted, or unused prescription pills, no questions asked.

Prescription pills can be difficult to get rid of because you can’t throw them in the trash, or flush them down the toilet. In some cases, leaving them lying around the house can also be dangerous. It makes it easier for someone to steal, or misuse prescription medication.

According to the DEA, a majority of prescription drug abusers first tried drugs that were prescribed to their friends or family. Oftentimes, they got from medicine cabinets at home.

If you want to get rid of your unwanted prescriptions, you can go to any of the 551 collection sites throughout New England on Saturday.

There will be several drop off locations set up in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin County.

Last year, police departments in Massachusetts collected more than 25,000 lbs of unused, expired, and unwanted prescriptions. 

Altogether, New England states collected close to 87,000 lbs of prescription pills.
Collection sites: 

  • Hampden County
    • Springfield – Central High School
    • East Longmeadow – East Longmeadow Police Department
    • Longmeadow – Longmeadow Police Department
    • West Springfield – Town Hall front lobby
    • Ludlow – Ludlow Police Department
    • Holyoke – Holyoke Police Headquarters lobby
    • Palmer – Palmer Town Hall
  • Hampshire County 
    • Amherst – Wildwood Elementary School
    • Belchertown – Town Common
    • Cummington – Cummington Police Department
    • Easthampton – Safety Complex
    • Goshen – Goshen Police Department
    • Hadley – Hadley Police Department
    • Hatfield – Hatfield Police Department
    • Nothampton – Smith Vocational High School
    •  Southampton – Town Hall
    • Ware – Ware High School
    • Williamsburg – Williamsburg Pharmacy
  • Franklin/Worcester County
    • Athol – Athol Police Department
    • Deerfield – Deerfield Police Department
    • Greenfield – Greenfield Police Department
    • Leverett – Leverett Police Department
    • Sunderland – Sunderland Police Department

To locate a collection site near you, click here.