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Western Mass. Communities Participating in Drug Take-Back Day

DrugTakeBackGREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The DEA is teaming up with police departments across the state this weekend for a prescription drug take-back.

One of those departments taking part is Greenfield. It’s set from 10 AM until 2 PM at the police station.

Chief Robert Haigh said that more than 20 people have died from opiate overdoes in Hampshire and Franklin counties since December. Give the opiate public health emergency gripping the area, the Chief said getting rid of medications is critical to avoid addictions in the community.

“Clean out your medicine cabinets. Anything you don’t need, get rid of it. There’s no reason to have it around. What I’ve been talking a lot with the task force and speaking at different engagements is once your prescription is done. When you are done using it, you don’t need to keep it for something that happens later on. If something happens later on, that’s when you go back to your doctor and get a new prescription,” said Haigh.

Greenfield Police also have a drop-box in the lobby of their station in the event that you miss the event this Saturday.

The Springfield Police Department will also be taking back unwanted prescription drugs as well this Saturday at Central High School from 10 AM to 2 PM.

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