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Vermont Attorney General Urges all Vermonters to Take Advantage of Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Dispose of Unused Medications Safely

CONTACT: Cathy Norman, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

October 24, 2013

Abuse of prescription drugs continues to be a major problem in Vermont and nationally. According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.

Vermont’s Attorney General, Bill Sorrell, again strongly urges parents to talk with their children about the dangers of abusing prescription and over-the counter medicines. He also recommends that all members of the public safeguard and properly dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired drugs at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Day October 26, 2013.

In Vermont last April; on DEA’s sixth nationwide Take Back Day, the public turned in a total of 2,394 pounds of drugs, the largest amount ever collected in Vermont to date. When the results of the six previous take back days are combined, the DEA and its state, local and tribal law enforcement and community partners have removed more than 2.8 million pounds—2,409 tons—of medication from circulation nationwide.

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in partnership with the Vermont State Police, Sheriff’s Departments and Police Departments throughout Vermont, will hold its seventh National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Intravenous solutions, injectable, and syringes will not be accepted. The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked. Locations of collections sites around the state can be found by going to and entering Vermont or a zip code. All sites will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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