On Sept 21, 2010, representatives from The Brien Center, Berkshire Medical Center, Berkshire Health Systems, Elder Services of Berkshire County and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy joined District Attorney David F. Capeless and state and local police to announce the County's participation and partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency in its nationwide prescription drug takeback program to be held on Saturday, September 25, 2010, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
The abuse of prescription medications has become a significant health and public safety issue, and a great portion of the illicit market that fuels this abuse is from legitimately-prescribed medications. Abuse of prescription medications by young people is rising dramatically. The DEA reports that each day 2500 teens experiment with illicit drugs by reaching into the family medicine cabinet.
The National Take Back program will reduce the hazard prescription drugs pose to our families and community by providing citizens with a safe, legal and environmentally friendly way dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs.
A large and varied coalition of community groups, private businesses, governmental and non-governmental agencies, medical and mental health fields, law enforcement, seniors, concerned citizens and media have come together to support this important program by donating their time, talent and resources to staff many takeback sites throughout the County so all residents will have the opportunity to participate. For specific locations and details of the program please click here .