SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts residents emptied their medicine cabinets Saturday.
People were able to dispose of their expired, unused, and unwanted prescriptions because of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Pounds of prescription drugs were safely collected at the South Hadley Police Department.
School Resource Officer, Steven Fleming, told 22News that each prescription drug collected is carefully disposed of.
“We package each box up we mark each box and we take them to a location where the DEA will have a representative there where they will weigh these and then dispose of them properly,” Fleming explained.
In eight years more than 52,000 lbs of prescription drugs have been collected. Many people, use this day to get rid of medicine so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Gary Bassette told 22News, it’s safer and more responsible to drop off the medications rather than disposing of them down the drain.
“Well, I thought it would be better to just get rid of it, the water system, we don’t want polluted anymore than we really have too,” said Bassette.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a campaign started by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
More than 2,000 pounds of unwanted or unused prescription drugs were collected in both Hampshire and Franklin counties on Saturdayday.