Vermonters urged to turn in unused prescription drugs this weekend

25 April, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • Jim Wright Chief County Marshal

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More than 900,000 pounds of unused drugs were collected at more than 5,300 collection sites in the fall campaign of 2017. That is nearly six tons more than was collected at last spring's event.

The DEA had a similar promotion on October 14, where people got rid of 456 tons of prescription drugs across 5,321 collection sites across the nation, according to the agency's website.

National Prescription Take Back Day is offered at locations across the country. Studies prove that opioids are a gateway drug.

For example, the Eau Claire sheriff's office accepts prescription drugs on weekdays in the lobby of the law enforcement center inside the courthouse and in the lobby of the county jail.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, pharmaceutical opioids are a leading cause of drug poisoning deaths in Kansas.

Participants can dispose of their unneeded medication at participating drop-off locations across the United States. The public can find a nearby collection site at or by calling 800-882-9539.

"This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue", police said in a press release.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says heroin abuse in 19 times more likely among those who abuse prescription pain medications, half of young people who used heroin got started abusing prescription pain medications, and one in 15 people who misuse prescription opioid painkillers will try heroin within ten years.

Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers.

Americans are now being advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.