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BOSTON (AP) — State officials are highlighting a recent surge in opiate overdoses in Massachusetts in urging people to clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend.

This Saturday marks National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day where people can get rid of unused prescription drugs at local police stations and other designated drop-off sites. Several towns in the state have already agreed to participate.

Officials say pills lying around in family medicine cabinets are one of the easiest gateways to drug addiction, specifically heroin. Over the past few months at least 140 have died from heroin overdoses.

Last month Gov. Deval Patrick declared a statewide public health emergency concerning the rising numbers of heroin overdoses and opioid addiction.

Recent data shows that prescription drug overdose is among the leading causes of death in Massachusetts, exceeding motor vehicle accidents and homicides.

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List of places holding drug take-backs in Massachusetts on Saturday.

ATTLEBORO
Attleboro Police Department
12 Union Street
Attleboro, MA

BELLINGHAM
Bellingham Senior Center
40 Blackstone Street
Bellingham, MA

BROOKLINE
Brookline Police Department
350 Washington Street
Brookline, MA

DOVER
Dover Police Department
3 Walpole Street
Dover, MA

EASTON
Easton Police Department
46 Lothrop Street
Easton, MA

FALL RIVER
Fall River Police Department
685 Pleasant Street
Fall River, MA

FOXBOROUGH
Foxborough Police Department
8 Chestnut Street
Foxborough, MA

FRANKLIN
Franklin Police Department
911 Panther Way
Franklin, MA

HOPKINTON
Hopkinton Police Department
74 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA

LAKEVILLE
Lakeville Police Department
346 Bedford Street
Lakeville, MA

MANSFIELD
Mansfield Police Department
50 West Street
Mansfield, MA

MEDFIELD
Medfield Police Department
110 North Street
Medfield, MA

MEDWAY
Medway Police Department
315 Village Street
Medway, MA

MILFORD
Milford Senior Center
60 North Bow
Milford, MA

MILLIS
Millis Police Department
885 Main Street
Millis, MA

NEEDHAM
Needham Police Department
99 School Street
Needham, MA

NEWTON
Newton Police Department
1321 Washington Street
Newton, MA

NORFOLK
Norfolk Police Department
117 Main Street
Norfolk, MA

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH
North Attleborough Police Department
102 South Washington Street
North Attleborough, MA

NORTON
Norton Police Department
82 East Main Street
Norton, MA

PLAINVILLE
Plainville Police Department
157 South Street
Plainville, MA

RAYNHAM
Raynham Polce Department
53 Orchard Street
Raynham, MA

REHOBOTH
Rehoboth Police Department
334 Anawan Street
Rehoboth, MA

SHARON
Sharon Police Department
213 South Main Street
Sharon, MA

SWANSEA
Swansea Police Department
1700 G.A.R. Highway
Swansea, MA

TAUNTON
Taunton Police Department
23 Summer Street
Taunton, MA

WELLESLEY
Wellesley Police Department
485 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA

WRENTHAM
Wrentham Police Department
89 South Street
Wrentham, MA

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