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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day held in Western MA

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Across the country, Saturday was National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Western Massachusetts residents had 45 locations across four counties to drop off their old prescriptions.

Despite the rain, there was a constant flow of traffic at the drop-off location at Central High School.

Officials said in the past seven take back events, Western Mass had collected a total of 25,000 pounds of old prescription drugs.

They said there are several reasons to want those pills out of people's cabinets.

"To get rid of them, so children don't experiment with them and there's no self-medication going on," said Joseph Karas, resident agent in charge with the Drug Enforcement Administration. "[So] there is no giving them to a family member an outdated drug that might cause them harm instead of good." 

While the DEA was set up at the Springfield location, organizers said local and state authorities also took part in Saturday's collection.

The Northwestern District Attorney's office announced that Hampshire County took in 1,525 pounds of drugs on Saturday.

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