BRATTLEBORO -- On Oct. 26, Vermont law enforcement agencies hosted the second Drug Take Back Day of 2013. Fifty-seven locations across Vermont accepted unused or unwanted prescription medications, totalling more than 3,429 pounds of pills. This amount exceeded the 2,393 pounds of pills collected in April 2013.
Drug Take Back Day is a law enforcement effort to assist with the proper disposal of medicines. Pills should not be flushed or thrown away but instead brought to a location for proper disposal. Law enforcement throughout Vermont joined together in this effort to remove unused or unwanted prescription drugs from homes in an attempt to reduce the abuse or misuse of prescribed medicines.
Many citizens of Vermont have prescription drugs in their homes, but have forgotten about them or no longer have a need to use them. The public is encouraged to inventory their medicine cabinets or other locations where medicines are kept and properly dispose of those that are not being used.
A number of law enforcement agencies offer year round drug disposal options. For a list of agencies that offer this service and hours of collection call Vermont 211 or go visit http://vsp.vermont.gov/drugdiversion.
You will also find information to assist you in reporting abuse or misuse of prescription medications.