Police collect 1,759 pounds of prescription drugs

  • Police collect prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. COURTESY NORTHWESTERN DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

Staff Report
Published: 10/29/2018 3:52:48 PM

Pioneer Valley police departments collected 1,759 pounds of unwanted drugs Saturday during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Getting unwanted and unused drugs out of people’s homes, where they can be accessed by children and other people who shouldn’t have access to them, is part of the nationwide effort to combat the opioid crisis, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office said.

“This is one of the most important initiatives we participate in to help combat drug addiction,” Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan said.

Participating communities in the event included Amherst, Belchertown, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Hadley, Northampton, Pelham, Southampton, South Hadley, Williamsburg and Worthington in Hampshire County; and Deerfield, Greenfield, Leverett, Montague and Sunderland in Franklin County.

Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, sometimes without their knowledge, officials said. According to the latest information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “about 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.”

Officials said National Prescription Drug Day raises awareness of the opioid crisis, helping elders clean out their medicine cabinets, which can help prevent accidental overdoses and the misappropriation of prescription drugs, and can keep harmful chemicals out of the environment by preventing the drugs from being thrown in the garbage of flushed down the toilet.


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