Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back day

22News takes a closer look at a safe way to dispose of unused medications

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Saturday is National Prescription Drug take back day. 22News takes a closer look at a safe way to dispose of unused medications. Anyone with unwanted or out of date drugs can drop them off, with absolutely no questions asked.

Between the hours of 10AM and 2PM you can return unused or unwanted medication at over 20 different locations across Western Massachusetts to help get them out of reach of young people and others who could misuse them. According to the National Institute on drug abuse for teens, most teens who have misused prescription drugs have gotten them from friends or family, oftentimes without their knowledge.

“It’s a great idea, it’s a convenient way to drop off prescription drugs without any questions and the gets them out of circulation.”

So far, more than 13 tons of unwanted drugs have been collected at local take back days and in the two dozen permanent drop-off boxes in area police stations. It is not recommended to flush drugs down the toilet or put them in the trash because that has been shown to contaminate drinking water.

Prescription and nonprescription drugs are accepted but liquids, syringes and IV equipment will not be accepted.

Drug Drop-off boxes can be found at any Police station. They can also be found in some elementary schools, like in Amherst, and there is a permanent kiosk at certain local Walgreens.