Drug takeback in East Longmeadow safely disposes of old medications

Nearly 450 tons of prescription drugs were dropped off last year

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – During this Saturday, where many volunteered to help give their community a “spring cleaning,” many others made certain to clear their medicine cabinets of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs.

In East Longmeadow, families drove up to the police station all day, to deposit the medications they no longer need. Police gladly took the once-necessary prescription drugs off their hands.

Prescription drug disposal has taken on greater urgency during the past few years – so much so that if you couldn’t dispose of the pills on Saturday, most police departments will accept them anyways.

East Longmeadow Police Sergeant Michael Ingall told 22News, “If people didn’t come by today, there’s always a box in the lobby in the police department. They can leave it in the strong box.”

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, nearly 450 tons of prescription drugs were dropped off at collection points across the country just last year.