Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Attorney General Donovan Urges Vermonters to Take Advantage of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 25, 2018

Contact: Natalie Silver, Community Outreach and Policy Coordinator, (802) 595-8679

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in partnership with the Vermont State Police, Sheriff’s Departments and Police Departments throughout Vermont, will hold its fifteenth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan recommends that all members of the public safeguard and properly dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired drugs at National Take Back Day. This is an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 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 safety and health hazards.

Over the last seven years, these take back days have resulted in the collection and disposal of over 4,500 tons of pharmaceuticals.

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

Last modified: April 25, 2018