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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Save the date - National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Prescription Drug Disposal & Take Back Day | National Take Back Day
Bring your expired, unwanted, or unused medications to your local disposal site. Proper prescription drug disposal is important for a safe and healthy community as well as protecting our children and our environment. Show you care by doing your part to keep unsafe drugs in safe hands.

 

Get rid of your unused or expired medications and protect our ...
...Children. Each day in the US, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time (from Partnership for a Drug Free America). In 2015, 11% of Vermont teens reported taking a pain reliever or stimulant not prescribed to them. Studies show that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.
...Community. Keep unsafe drug in safe hands. The safety of our community is at risk when medications are improperly thrown away or left in medicine cabinets as they can be attractive to drug dealers and people with a substance use disorder.
...Environment. Meds flushed or poured down the drain have found their way into our lakes, rivers and streams. Most water treatment plants or septic tanks are not designed to remove these chemicals. Research done by the UVM Legislative Research service in 2011 found measurable levels of pharmaceutical waste in Lake Champlain.  

 

What can you do?

  1.     Show you care. DON’T SHARE medication.
  2.     DISPOSE of your unused medications safely at a local disposal site.
  3.     SECURE all medications in your home
  4.     MONITOR all medications in your home to ensure they are used as directed and only by those to whom they are prescribed.
  5.     TALK to your kids about the dangers of prescription drugs. The Medicine Abuse Project has great information and tips for talking with teens about this important issue.

 

Every drop off counts! Results from the October 2018 National Take Back:

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,770
  • Total Collection Sites: 5,839
  • Total Weight Collected: 914,236 lbs.  (457.12 Tons)

**Disposal is free and anonymous.

 

REGIONAL PERMANENT PRESCRIPTION DISPOSAL SITES

 

  • ESSEX POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFERS RX TAKE BACK 24/7
  • UVM MEDICAL CENTER: MAIN CAMPUS PHARMACY, FANNY ALLEN CAMPUS PHARMACY, ACC CAMPUS PHARMACY-1 SOUTH PROSPECT ST  (PHARMACY HOURS)

 

Go to www.dea.gov to see a list of all disposal locations available in Vermont.  

 

For more information about adolescent substance use or to reach out for support, please contact Essex High School Student Assistance Counselor Deb Kalkstein-Lamb at dkalksteinlamb@ewsd.org or 857-7444.