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Published on May 21st, 2018 | by Deb Wolf


Rx Drug Take Back Day Results

Washington County collected 24 boxes with a combined weight of over 600 pounds at the April 28th, 2018 Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The seven local collection sites included the Washington County Sheriff’s Department in Montpelier, Montpelier Police Department, Kinney Drugs in Berlin (supported by the Berlin Police Department,) Barre City Police and Barre Town Police Departments, Northfield Police Department, and the Vermont State Police in Middlesex. This was coordinated by Sheriff W. Samuel Hill of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, with promotion support from Central Vermont New Directions Coalition and Washington County Youth Service Bureau, as a way to encourage healthy behavior and prevent drug abuse in Central Vermont. The Vermont National Guard provided transportation for these meds to be incinerated.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its community partners operated collection sites around the nation. Here in Vermont, police agencies hosted 69 collection sites where 6,007.94 pounds of expired and unwanted prescription medications were dropped off for safe, free, and anonymous disposal. This marked the highest total in Vermont since Fall 2015. This safe disposal opportunity coincides with spring cleaning and green up by keeping drugs out of the landfill, compost, and waterways as well as preventing misuse, poisonings, and possible theft. Thank you to our community for supporting this national public health endeavor.

For those who missed this spring’s Take Back Day, don’t worry. Here are some options:

For permanent, year-round safe drop-off locations, Washington County now has six collection boxes that can be accessed any day, not just on April 28th. Visit the Sheriff’s Department in Montpelier and Police Stations in Montpelier, Barre City, Barre Town, Berlin and Northfield. Just stop in and toss away pills and capsules to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.

Free prescription Medication Mail-Back Envelopes are available as another way to get rid of unwanted medications in a safe and easy way. Meds can be placed in the pre-addressed envelope and mailed off to be destroyed, no postage necessary. To request an envelope and for more information about prescription drug disposal, visit: http://www.healthvermont.gov/alcohol-drugs/services/prescription-drug-disposal

As a Vermont Department of Health Regional Prevention Partnership grantee, we are working to install drug take-back kiosks in pharmacies such as Kinney Drugs in Waitsfield and Waterbury and in hospitals (CVMC) this year.

According to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 11% of Vermont high school students reported taking a prescription pain reliever or a stimulant which was not prescribed to them. Increasing awareness and providing options helps keep our kids and communities safe and healthy.

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