September 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vermont’s drug take-back day is part of a nationwide effort being led by the DEA to ensure the safe disposal of unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs. Collection sites in Vermont can be found by going to www.dea.gov or calling 1-800-882-9539.
The drug take-back day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, as many prescription medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Four percent of Vermonters age 12+ misused a prescription pain reliever in 2012, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Since 2010, 188 accidental deaths have been attributed to prescription opioids in Vermont.