Do you have unwanted or out-of-date drugs in your home? Get them out of the medicine cabinet, away from children and potential drug abusers -- and out of the environment. You can safely and anonymously drop them off in a secure MedReturn Box, located at more than two dozen local police stations, and they will be disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins and veterinary meds are accepted. NO liquids, syringes, IV equipment or chemotherapy drugs, please.
South Hadley Police Officer Rhyan Belisle by the Permanent Drug Box in the Police Station
Amherst Police Officer Jessica Damon (foreground) and Detective Tina Knightly, collecting drugs outside Wildwood Elementary School in Amherst.
A total of 1,657 pounds of drugs were collected in Hampshire and Franklin counties on the Oct. 28, 2017 National Prescription Drug Day. Since 2011, over 18 tons of unwanted medications had been collected from the permanent boxes and National Take Back Days. Over 2,000 pounds were collected during last year's Take Back Day, and so far in 2017, some 4,700 pounds had been collected at permanent drop boxes in the two counties.
In 2016, a total 7,862 pounds of unused medication were collected and burned bringing the total amount collected from the boxes and National Prescription Drug Take Back Days since April 2011 to over 32,000 pounds.