Drug take back day is Saturday in Brattleboro


BRATTLEBORO -- The Drug Enforcement Agency will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, April, 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"The National DEA-initiated Prescription Drug Take Back Day has been successful in removing tons of unwanted and unneeded medications from people's homes, including highly addictive opioids," said Special Agent in Charge John J. Arvanitis. "Getting these potentially deadly unwanted prescription drugs collected and disposed of properly would not be possible without the continued commitment and dedication of our state and local law enforcement partners."

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs. Since DEA's first event in September of 2010, the public has surrendered over 3.4 million pounds of pills.

According to justice.gov/dea, local collection sites include the Brattleboro Police Department, the Vermont State Police in Brattleboro, the Windham County Sheriff's Department in Newfane, the Hinsdale, N.H., Police Department, the Greenfield, Mass., Police Department, the Dover Police Department, the Bellows Falls Police Department, and the Walpole, N.H., Police Department.

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and following the links to a database where they enter their zip code. Or they can call 800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites -- liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.


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