More than 1,700 pounds of medications collected Saturday in Hampshire and Franklin Counties

Franklin County

1,759 pounds of drugs were collected at Hampshire and Franklin County police departments Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

“Drug Take Back Day” is held every fall and gives residents an opportunity to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medication.

“Its just amazing how many people have unused or expired prescription drugs,” said Det. Daniel McCarthy of the Greenfield Police Department. “We don’t want anybody to get their hands on who aren’t supposed too or their child getting hold of it.”

At the Greenfield Police Department, residents can drop off unwanted drugs year round using a drug collection bin. Detective McCarthy said it can hold between 6 and 8 pounds of drugs and typically fills up in 10 days.

Detective McCarthy told 22News Drug Take Back Day is also good for the environment, since it prevents people from throwing those drugs in the trash, or flushing them down the toilet. All of the drugs collected Saturday were incinerated at a waste facility in Springfield.

Only about 20 percent of the drugs collected Saturday were here in Franklin County. 204 pounds of drugs were dropped off at the Greenfield Police Department.

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