Walgreens offers a safe way to dispose of unused medication

THEY WERE NOT HURT. THERE IS NOW A SAFE WAY TO DISPOSE OF YOUR UNUSED MEDICATION IN WESTERN MASSACHUSTTS, ANY TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT. 22NEWS REPORTER RACHEL F AZIO JOINS US LIVE IN SPRINGFIELD TO SHOW US HOW WALGREENS IS FIGHTING THE MISUSE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. WALGREENS TODAY LAUNCHED THEIR DRUG MEDICATION DISPOSAL KIOSKS ACROSS THE STATE TO HELP COMBAT DRUG ABUSE AND REDUCE OVERDOSE DEATHS. “WE HAD PEOPLE CALLING ALL THE TIME ASKING WHERE CAN I GET RID OF MY OLD DRUGS” WALGREENS NOW HAS AN ANSWER FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO SAFELY GET RID OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS. THE COMPANY HAS INSTALLED NEW SAFE MEDICATION DISPOSAL KIOSKS AT 13 LOCATIONS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH. THE SAFE MEDICATION DISPOSAL KIOSKS ACCEPT PRESCRIPTION AND OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS. THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT ILLEGAL DRUGS, NEEDLES, LOTIONS OR LIQUIDS, AEROSOL CANS, THERMOMETERS OR HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. “IT HELPS BY GETTING DRUGS OFF THE STREET; BOTH MEDICATIONS THAT ARE NO LONGER NEEDED, OR JUST TO GET THEM OUT OF MEDICINE CABINETS AND OUT OF THE HOME INTO A SAFE DISPOSABLE ENVIRONMENT.” “I’VE SEEN THEM BEFORE IN OTHER STATES, AND IT’S JUST A SAFETY MEASURE TO DISPOSE OF MEDICATIONS IN THE PROPER WAY; YOU SHOULDN’T BE THROWING THEM DOWN THE SINK OR TOILET BECAUSE THAT CAN CONTAMINATE THE WATER IN THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.” THIS KIOSKS ARE OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, AND IT’S COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. WHILE THIS IS THE ONLY ONE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, WALGREENS HAS INSTALLED KIOSKS AT MORE THAN 500 PHARMACIES IN 35 STATES. THESE KIOSKS ARE CONSIDERED SAFE BECAUSE THEY’RE LOCKED AND

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