Collaborative: Prescription Take Back Day successful

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Collaborative: Prescription Take Back Day successful

LONDONDERRY >> On Sept. 26, Bennington County residents disposed of 6,83lbs of prescription medications with the county's four permanent collection partners Manchester Police, Bennington County Sheriff's Department, Bennington Police and Winhall Police and Rescue. Statewide, 5,800lbs (2.9 tons) were collected and disposed of.

Collection totals by Bennington County locations are:

Bennington Police Department: 362.4lbs; Bennington County Sheriff's Department: 101lbs; Manchester Police Department: 117.4lbs; Winhall Police and Rescue: 77.8lbs; CVS Pharmacy-Bennington (one day collection event): 24.4lbs

This event signifies the largest amount collected statewide and Bennington Police Department collected the largest amount of any department in the state. This is the sixth year Bennington County has participated in the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Paul Doucette, Jr., Chief of Police and Public Safety Director for Town of Bennington said, "I am very pleased with the response from the community and their willingness to participate in the drug take back program. Removing unneeded and unused controlled substances from the community assists law enforcement by preventing diversion and possible abuse. The Bennington Police Department will continue to collect prescription medication in an effort to make our community safer."

Residents are encouraged to safely secure and lock medications and properly dispose of unwanted or expired medications at one of the county's permanent collection sites 365 days a year. Throwing medications in the trash or down the sink or toilet is discouraged as medications pollute private and public water systems and the environment. Disposing medications at a permanent collection site is anonymous and free and ensures they are kept out of the hands of someone other than the prescribed.

"Keeping prescription drugs out of the hands of young people and first time users is an important step in preventing misuse. Bennington County makes it easy to get rid of expired and unused medications by having so many drop off locations throughout the county. We all have a part to play in preventing substance use and this is one easy step you can take today with the medications in your home," stated Maryann Morris, executive director for The Collaborative.

Bennington County has the distinction of being the first county in the state with permanent collection boxes for residents to use everyday to properly dispose of unused or expired medications. Seven years ago, concerned North and South shire partners formed a task force and met to address prescription drug misuse and abuse in the county. The Bennington County Prescription Drug Task Force members include Bennington Police and Sheriff's Department, VT Department of Health, The Collaborative, Alliance for Community Transformation, Southwestern VT Medical Center, Turning Point of Bennington County, two pharmacists, a doctor, United Counseling Service, community members and people in recovery. The model used by Bennington County is replicated across the state providing 25 collection locations statewide. For more information contact Victoria Silsby, Community Outreach, The Collaborative, at 802- 824-4200.

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