Drug take back to be held Oct. 26

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Residents of Bennington County will have another opportunity to turn in unwanted potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a variety of locations Saturday, Oct. 26.

In order to prevent pill misuse and theft, residents are encouraged to remove the prescriptions from their homes.

Pills can be taken to the Manchester Police Department, Northshire Pharmacy, Winhall Police Department, Green Mountain Pharmacy, Bennington Police Department, Bennington County Sheriff's Department, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and The Pharmacy.

These sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

So far in 2019, Bennington County residents turned in more than 940 pounds of unused prescription medications.

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In April, at the last take back, Vermont collected more than 6,000 pounds of medications. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds — approximately 5,900 tons — of pills.

"National RX take back days are an important part of The Collaborative's efforts to promote safe storage, safe use and safe disposal throughout Bennington County," said Maryann Morris, The Collaborative's executive director. "The Collaborative strives to make proper disposal of RX drugs easy. We are proud to have all of our local law enforcement participate in the twice yearly event."

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion and misuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else's medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety, health and environmental hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 26 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or call Victoria Silsby at The Collaborative

at 802-824-4200.


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