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Vermont Attorney General Urges Vermonters to take Advantage of “Take-Back Day” to Dispose of Unused Medications Safely

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

September 27, 2012

Vermont Attorney General, Bill Sorrell, 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 medications at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National “Take-Back Day” on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

Prescription drug abuse is a major public health concern.

  • One in six teenagers has used a prescription drug (when a doctor had not prescribed it for them) in order to get high or change their mood.
  • Prescription medicines are now the most commonly abused drugs among 12 and 13 year olds.
  • Two-thirds of teens who abuse pain relievers say they got them from family members or friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
  • More Americans die from drug overdoses than in car crashes, and this increasing trend is driven by prescription painkiller overdoses.
  • Opiate pain relievers are responsible for more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined.
  • Emergency department visits involving misuse or abuse of pharmaceuticals have more than doubled between 2004 and 2010.
  • In addition, Americans are now being advised that their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.

    “Take-Back Day” is designed to combat the twin problems of misuse and unsafe disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs. In partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Sheriff’s Departments and Police Departments throughout Vermont have set up the following collection sites where unused medications can be taken for safe disposal on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

    All sites will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.


    Alburgh Rescue, US Route 2, Alburgh, VT 05440


    Barre City Police Department, 15 Second St., Barre, VT 05641
    Berlin Police Department/Kinney Drugs, 800 US RT 302-Berlin, Barre, VT 05641

    Bellows Falls

    Bellows Falls Police Department, 170 Rockingham St., Bellows Falls, VT 05101


    Bennington County Sheriff’s Department, 212 Lincoln St., Bennington, VT 05201


    Vermont State Police Barracks, 464 Marlboro Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301
    Brattleboro Police Department, 230 Main St., Brattleboro, VT 05301


    Burlington Police Department, 1 North Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401


    Chester Police Department, 556 Elm St., Chester, VT 05143


    Vermont State Police Barracks, 35 Crawford Road, Derby, VT 05829

    Essex Junction

    Essex Police Department, 81 Main St., Essex Junction, VT 05452

    Hyde Park

    Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department, 162 Commonwealth Ave., Hyde Park, VT 05655


    G.W. Tatro Construction, 5195 Vermont Route 15, Jeffersonville, VT 05464


    Ludlow Police Department, 19 West Hill Road, Ludlow, VT 05149

    Manchester Center

    Manchester Police Department, 6041 Main St., Manchester Center, VT 05255


    Vermont State Police Field Station, 1080 RT 2, Middlesex, VT 05602


    Kinney Drugs Pharmacy Parking Lot, 3 Centre Drive, Milton, VT 05468


    Washington County Sheriff’s Department, 10 Elm St., Montpelier, VT 05602


    120 Northgate Plaza, Morrisville, VT 05661

    New Haven

    Vermont State Police Barracks, 2490 Ethan Allen Highway, New Haven, VT 05472


    Windham County Sheriff’s Department, 11 Jail St., Newfane, VT 05345


    Kinney Drugs, 58 Shattuck Hill Rd., Newport, VT 05855

    North Hero

    Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department, 3677 US Route 2, North Hero, VT 05474


    Northfield Police Department, 110 Wall St., Northfield, VT 05663


    Putney Volunteer Fire Station, 14 Main St., Putney, VT 05346


    Richmond Police Department, Richmond Town Ctr. 285, Bridge St., Richmond, VT 05477


    Pierce Hall Community Center, 38 So. Main St., Rochester, VT 05767


    Diamond Run Mall, 46 Diamond Run Mall Place, Rutland, VT 05701


    Shelburne Police Department, 47 Executive Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482

    South Hero

    South Hero Rescue, 329 US Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486

    South Royalton

    Bethel/Royalton Transfer Station, 122 Waterman Rd., South Royalton, VT 05068


    Springfield Police Department, 201 Clinton St., Springfield, VT 05156

    St. Johnsbury

    Caledonia County Sheriff’s Department, 1126 Main St., Suite 2, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819


    Stowe Police Department, 350 South Main St., Stowe, VT 05672


    Mad River Valley Ambulance, 1477 Main St., Waitsfield, VT 05673


    Waterbury Police Department/Kinney Drugs, 80 South Main St., Waterbury, VT 05676


    Weathersfield Transfer Station, 5024 VT Route 106, Weathersfield, VT 05151

    White River Junction

    Hartford Police Department, 812 VA Cutoff Road, Suite 1, White River Junction, VT 05001


    Shaw’s Supermarket Parking Lot, 71 Boxwood St., Williston, VT 05495
    Vermont State Police Barracks, 2777 St. George Rd., Williston, VT 05495


    Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Deerfield Valley Campus, 30 RT 100 South, Wilmington, VT 05363


    Windsor Police Department, 20 Union St., Windsor, VT 05089


    Woodstock Police Department, 454 Woodstock Road, Woodstock, VT 05091

      Website consulting provided by The National Association of Attorneys General.