Police sponsor prescription drug take-back day

by Town Reminder

By Kristin Will

SOUTH HADLEY – Often times, a prescription medication bottle will sit in a medicine cabinet with just a few pills left inside it. Knowing the medication shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet and can’t be easily disposed of, residents typically let those bottles take up space in their medicine cabinets. To assist residents in safely disposing of unwanted medication, the South Hadley Police Department is sponsoring a prescription drug take-back day on April 28.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that Saturday, residents can bring their unwanted prescription medication to the South Hadley Police Station, located at 41 Bridge Street. No questions will be asked about the medication. The intent is to rid residents of unwanted medication in a safe manner. The medicine can remain in its original container with labels. The information will be destroyed along with the container.
There are some restrictions. Items not accepted include needles, syringes, lancets, thermometers, IV bags, chemotherapy drugs or liquids of any type.
Also participating in this prescription drug take-back day is the town of Granby, which is accepting the unwanted medication at Granby High School on the same day, Belchertown on the town common, Hadley at the Hadley safety complex and Amherst at Wildwood Elementary School, as well as the remainder of Hampshire and Franklin Counties. The event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Hampshire/Franklin TRIAD, District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Hampshire County Sheriff Robert J. Garvey and Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan, among others.
However, should a South Hadley resident miss the prescription drug take-back day on April 28, all they must do is visit the police station. Fortunately, the Board of Health has partnered with the South Hadley Police Department to keep a permanent unwanted prescription drug take-back program going. Inside the main lobby of the police department is a box in which residents can drop any unwanted medication on any day. Again, no questions are asked.
Each month, two police officers will bring the collection box to a local facility where the drugs are then incinerated. The South Hadley Police Department has found this program to be quite effective.
So too are the single disposal days, such as the one hosted on April 28. They serve as a safe way to dispose of unwanted prescription medication while keeping our environment clean.