Southwick drug take back day

SOUTHWICK – Area residents are encouraged to bring their unused prescription drugs to Southwick Town Hall this Saturday during Drug Take Back Day.
The event is coordinated by the Southwick Police and Health Department in conjunction with the Drug enforcement Agency (DEA) and takes place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. behind town hall.
“We are taking tablet and capsule forms of prescription drugs,” said Police Lt. David Ricardi. “We are not taking liquids, chemotherapy drugs or Sharps.”
Ricardi said this is a good opportunity for local residents to dispose of prescription drugs that are no longer needed or are expired.
“A lot of people have unused prescription medications in their cabinets, or their parents have drugs they do not need,” Ricardi said.
This is the third time Southwick has hosted a Drug Take Back Day.
“The DEA is coordinating these events throughout Western Massachusetts and the entire state,” said Ricardi, adding that the event is completely confidential and open to anyone.
Ricardi said a police officer and physician will be on hand to take the drugs and make sure they are not illegal.
Weather permitting, Ricardi said a table will be set up in the parking lot behind town hall. In case of inclement weather, he said the event will be held inside the back of the building.

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