Drug Take Back Day nets hundreds of pounds in Windham County

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WINDHAM COUNTY — The 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day occurred on October 26 and resulted in 882,919 pounds, or 441.5 tons, of unused medication collected nationally, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration website. Vermont took in 6,734 pounds of the overall total, which was the largest amount collected in the state since the campaign started.

Windham County law enforcement participation included the Vermont State Police, Bellows Falls Police Department, Brattleboro Police Department, Dover Police Department, Wilmington Police Department and the Windham County Sheriff's Department who collected a total of 14 boxes, or 325.75 pounds, of medication. October's Take Back Day was updated to include collection of e-cigarette and vaping devices going forward.

Take Back Day occurs twice a year and provides communities a safe alternative to getting rid of unwanted medications nationwide. The events are free and anonymous, with permanent collection sites available year round in Windham County and throughout Vermont.

For more information on Take Back Day, or to locate a permanent collection site near you, visit healthvermont.gov

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