Mary Carey, spokesperson for Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, says that during last Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, over one and a half tons of drugs were collected by members of Sullivan’s office as well as partners from federal and local law enforcement and area councils of aging.
D.A. Sullivan says, “The Take Back days have not only been effective in getting these unwanted medications out of medicine cabinets and away from children, we’re ensuring these drugs won’t be disposed of improperly and jeopardize the environment.”
More precisely, 3,144 pounds of unwanted drugs were collected at 22 drop-off sites across Franklin and Hampshire County.
2,388 pounds were collected in Hampshire County, while another 756 pounds were collected in Franklin County.
“It’s encouraging that growing numbers of people in the Northwestern District have clearly gotten the message that having unwanted and unsecured prescription drugs in their homes poses a public health and safety hazard,” Sullivan adds.
Nationwide data on this latest Take Back Day is not yet immediately known, but Carey says that in the three previous events, almost one million pounds of drugs were removed across the country.