Communities across western Mass. participate in National Drug Take Back Day

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Communities across Western Massachusetts participated in National Drug Take Back Day Saturday morning.

The opioid crisis continues to be an issue in western Massachusetts and in other cities and towns across the nation.

Drug Take Back Day is part of a national effort to fight the ongoing battle.

“All of us are aware of the issues we’re having throughout the country with that. Any medicine once it goes beyond its expired date, or it gets in the hands of children..it can cause a problem.”

Unused pharmaceuticals are environmental toxins that can be harmful to young children or pets, and can also make your home a target for criminals.

The Holyoke Mall was one of many drug take back locations open in western Massachusetts Saturday morning.

One Holyoke resident felt relieved that she had a way to get rid of her expired medication in a safe and convenient way.

“I had some expired drugs that belonged to my husband and even dog that was on pain medication. It was a quick convenient opportunity without having to gon down to the police station..in and out.”

If you weren’t able to make it to Drug Take Back Day and have medication you would like to get rid of, Holyoke Police Captain Matthew Moriarty recommends calling your local police department’s narcotics office.

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