Prescription Drugs

Preventing Rx Drug Misuse in Washington County

Did  you know that 1 in 11 Washington County high-school students has misused a prescription (Rx) stimulant or opiate (pain reliever), not prescribed to them, at least once? (source: 2019 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey – Washington County).

Keep Vermonters Healthy & Safe

Did you know?

More than half of people who misuse prescription medication get it from a friend or relative.

Do your part with these easy steps

Store medications in a lock box or locked medicine cabinet.

Drop off unused medication at a kiosk at your local pharmacy or police station.

Mail unused medication in a pre-paid envelope.

Free Prescription Medication Mail-Back Envelopes
Medication mail-back envelopes are a safe, secure and easy way to get rid of unwanted or unused medication. Medication in its original container or in a sealed bag is placed inside the preaddressed envelope and mailed off to be destroyed. Envelopes are not opened before they are destroyed.

Each 8×11 inch envelope holds up to 8 ounces of unwanted or unused medicine. If you are sending back more than 8 ounces of medication, submit a new order form for each additional envelope you need. Please allow for up to two weeks to receive envelopes in the mail.

Home healthcare professionals providing services to homebound residents may request a mail-back envelope on their behalf.

Medications in any dosage form are allowed in the envelope except: herbal remedies, cosmetics, personal care products, compressed cylinders, aerosols, inhalers, medical devices, pet pesticide products, sharps, illegal drugs, and medications containing iodine.


Free, postage paid Medication Mail-Back envelopes are available by calling Central VT New Directions at                 (802) 272-0456

Drop off medications at these local permanent disposal sites:

Washington County Sheriff’s Department: (802) 223-3001
10 Elm Street, Montpelier, VT
Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm

Montpelier Police Department: (802) 223-3445
1 Pitkin Court, Montpelier, VT
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Sharps accepted

Barre City Police Department: (802) 476-6613
15 Fourth Street, Barre, VT
7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Barre Town Police Department: (802) 479-0508
149 Websterville Road, Websterville, VT
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Berlin Police Department: (802) 223-4401
108 Shed Road, Berlin VT
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Northfield Police Department: (802) 485-9181
110 Wall Street, Northfield, VT
Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm or by appointment

VT State Police (802) 229-9191
1080 US RT 2, Middlesex Barracks

Kinney Drugs: (802) 476-6659
800 US Rt 302, Berlin, VT
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm; Sat: 9 am – 7 pm; Sun: 9 am – 5 pm
Liquids accepted

Kinney Drugs: (802) 244-8458
80 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-7 pm; Saturday 8:30 am-5 pm and Sunday 9 am-3 pm
Liquids accepted

Central VT Medical Center: (802) 371-4100
130 Fisher Road, Main Lobby, Berlin, Vermont 05602
Liquids and sharps accepted

pillsDrop these items in an Rx Drug Drop Box near you.

  • Expired and unused medications (pills and patches only)
  • Medication samples (pills and patches only)
  • Pet medications (pills only)
  • Vape pens and e-cigarette devices after the batteries are removed

Collect your expired or unused Rx pills or patches in their original bottle or place them in a disposable bag.
Drop your pills and patches in an Rx drug drop box near you.

Don’t drop these items

  • Liquids /Cough Syrups  (see below)
  • Needles/Sharps   (see below)
  • Thermometers
  • IV Bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Empty containers
  • Personal care products and inhalers
  • Epi-pens
  • Over the counter meds (OTC)

Disposal Instructions for liquids, needles and sharps

needlesNeedles and Sharps: Needles and sharps can only be accepted at specified Rx drop boxes; see above list. They cannot be collected at most Rx drop boxes. Needles, lancets and syringes used for home health care are not regulated and can go in the trash. To protect workers in the waste industry, place all needles in a sealed container and label it “Sharps – Do Not Recycle”  and store in a safe location, out of reach of children and pets. A plastic soda or laundry detergent bottle with a lid makes a good container. When the container is full, cap it tightly and throw in the trash.


Liquids: Liquids can only be accepted at specified RX drop boxes. See above. Mix liquid medication with kitty litter or coffee grounds. Place mixture in a sealed plastic bag and place in trash.

Click here for a full listing of the drop-box locations in Vermont

Pharmacies that take back prescribed drugs include Kinney Drugs on the Barre Montpelier Road, Kinney Drugs in Waitsfield, and Kinney Drugs in Waterbury. These pharmacies accept on the last Saturday of the month. They do not take narcotics, controlled substances or needles – dispose of those at the law enforcement drop boxes.

Get more information about safe disposal at the Vermont Department of Health or the FDA .