National Drug Take Back Day yields 1,773 pounds of drugs for disposal
A total of 1,773 pounds of unwanted drugs were collected at 19 locations in Hampshire and Franklin counties and Athol today during the April 27, 2019 National Drug Take Back Day.
"That's another 1,773 pounds we've gotten out of circulation," Northwestern DA David E. Sullivan said.
Since 2011, more than 50,000 pounds have been collected in the Northwestern District during Take Back days and from permanent collection boxes.
TRIAD Coordinator Rachel Senecal tallies the number of pounds of drugs collected from area communities after which they will be transported to Convanta Springfield to be incinerated and converted into energy
Participating communities included Amherst, Belchertown, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Hadley, Northampton Pelham, Southampton, South Hadley, Williamsburg and Worthington in Hampshire County and Bernardston, Deerfield, Greenfield, Leverett, Montague and Sunderland in Franklin County as well as Athol in Worcester County.
Getting unwanted and unused drugs out of people’s homes, where they can be accessed by children and other people who shouldn’t use them, is part of the nationwide effort to confront the opioid crisis.
Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, sometimes without their knowledge. And, according to the latest information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse “about 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.”
“This is one of the most important initiatives we participate in to help combat drug addiction,” Sullivan said.
DA Sullivan and police at the Easthampton Public Safety Complex