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Over 1,500 Pounds of Old Meds Collected During Drug Take-Back Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Today, communities across the country – including several here in Western Mass. – helped you safely get rid of old prescriptions.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the D.E.A. – along with local and state law enforcement agencies – collaborated for the eighth year for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The goal was to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way to get rid of old prescription drugs – no questions asked.

Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, says that over 1,500 pounds of medications were collected in Hampshire County alone. That amount filled 60 large boxes.

In one instance, seen below in a picture, one person dropped off a jar that contained 25 pounds of pills.

Figures from Franklin and Hampden Counties were not immediately available.

If you were not able to make it out Saturday, you can CLICK HERE to find information from the FDA on how you can safely dispose of old drugs, anytime of year.

(One jar dropped off in S. Hadley, weighing 25 lbs.)

(One jar dropped off in S. Hadley, weighing 25 lbs.)

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