Six New Permanent Drug Take Back Boxes at Area Police Stations

Date: 
06.01.2016

Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Area Police Announce 6 New Drug Drop-Off Boxes
in Police Stations

Ashfield, Bernardston, Cummington, Goshen, Hatfield and Leverett residents can now dispose of their unwanted and outdated prescription and non-prescription medications in the new permanent drug drop-off box at their local police stations.

Residents should check for their department’s open hours.
Pictured, left-to-right  are Hatfield Sgt. Clinton Phillips, the NWDA's Chris Geffin, Goshen Police Chief Jeffery Hewes, Cummington Police Chief Mike Perkins, Ashfield Police Chief Diane Wilder, Leverett Police Chief Gary Billings and the NWDA's Dan Carey.

The drop-off boxes allow  residents to deposit drugs in a secure box for environmentally-sound disposal by Covanta Energy. Prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins and veterinary medications are accepted. Needles and sharps, liquids, IV equipment and chemotherapy drugs are not.

“Getting prescription drugs out of medicine cabinets and the wrong hands is key in combatting the problem of prescription drug abuse and opioids addiction,” Sullivan said.

One in seven teens reported abusing prescription drugs in the past year, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, with 70 percent of teens who abused prescription drugs saying they got them from a family or friend – with or without their knowledge.

With the addition of the six new drop off boxes, there are now 25 in the Office Northwestern District Attorney’s district of Hampshire and Franklin counties and the town of Athol.  Boxes can be found in police stations in  Amherst, Ashfield, Athol, Belchertown, Bernardston, Buckland, Cummington, Deerfield,  Easthampton, Erving, Goshen, Granby, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Leverett, Montague, Northampton, Orange, South Hadley, Southampton, Sunderland, Ware and Williamsburg. Northampton has seen such high demand that there are now two drop boxes there.

Combined with drugs collected in the Northwestern District during National Prescription Drug Take Back Days since 2011, 27,740 pounds have been collected.

For more information, contact Chris Geffin at 586-9225 or Christy.A.Geffin@MassMail.State.MA.US

The NWDA and local police are excited to announce the addition of six new Drug Take Back boxes -- to be located in police stations in Hatfield, Goshen, Cummington, Ashfield, Bernardston, Cummington, Goshen, Hatfield and Leverett.

Contact Chris Geffin at Christy.A.Geffin@state.ma.us for more information.