- Associated Press - Saturday, October 22, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - More than 150 police departments in Massachusetts are taking part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The twice-annual event being held on Saturday allows residents to safely dispose of potentially dangerous prescription drugs that have expired or are no longer needed.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says law enforcement agencies collected nearly 900,000 pounds of unwanted medicines around the country during a drug take-back day in April.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno calls the event a positive partnership between police and the community to address prescription drug abuse and addiction.

Springfield’s collection site will be the parking lot at Central High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The DEA says pills and patches can be accepted, but no liquids or needles.


Online: Diversion Control Division: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

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