We all have prescription drugs in our cabinet that have expired or that are no longer needed.  It is dangerous to leave drugs that have expired mixed in with other active prescriptions.  Expired medications could be taken by mistake or even lifted by someone not authorized for its use.  The safest way to dispose of medications is at a drug take-back site.

The Pittsfield Police Department will be participating in the bi-annual DEA National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday April 24th from 10am to 1pm.  The collection site will be at the Pittsfield Police Department, located at 39 Allen Street.  They will accept tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of medication. Vape pens and other e-cigarette devices will also be accepted by the DEA after the batteries are removed. They will not be able to accept any liquids, intravenous solutions, syringes and other sharps.

Never throw medications in the trash and only specific medications can be flushed down the toilet according to the guidance by the FDA if a drug take-back site is not readily available.  Those drugs on the FDA Flush List fall in the Opioid category where the FDA feels it is safer to flush an Opioid rather than the drug falling into the wrong hands.  The agency is on record as stating they feel the risk of harm of toxicity or death to a person is greater than the potential risk on the water supply and the environment.  Click here for the FDA Flush List.

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In addition to Pittsfield a number of other Take-Back sites will be available throughout Berkshire County.  Click on this link that will provide you with additional sites once the event gets closer.

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