‘Drug Take Back Day’ scheduled for Saturday


Staff Writer
Published: 10/21/2020 2:47:21 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Local residents who are looking to get rid of their unused, unwanted, and expired drugs can safely do so at 16 drop-off locations across the area this Saturday.

Law enforcement officers will be stationed at 16 locations across Hampshire and Franklin counties and Athol from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday collecting drugs for “Drug Take Back Day,” according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. People can drive up and hand off their drugs to police without getting out of their cars.

Vitamins as well as prescription and non-prescription drugs will be accepted and can remain in their original bottles with labels. Liquids, syringes, IV equipment or chemotherapy drugs will not be accepted. After collection, the drugs will be boxed, sealed, and taken by authorities to Community Eco Power in Agawam for incineration.

Local law enforcement and other partners have established permanent drug boxes throughout the region — many of which reached capacity in recent months. More than 57,000 pounds of drugs have been collected since 2011, according to the DA’s office.

Participating communities this year include Amherst, Belchertown, Easthampton, Goshen, Hadley, Northampton, Pelham, Southampton, Williamsburg and Worthington in Hampshire County; Deerfield, Greenfield, Leverett, Montague and Sunderland in Franklin County; and Athol in Worcester County.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com.

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