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VERMONTERS DISPOSE OF NEARLY 3 TONS OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS
FOR NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
Waterbury, Vt. – As part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Vermonters disposed of almost 3 tons of unused medications, including prescription opioids, on Saturday, October 28th . From the 72 collection sites throughout Vermont, a total of 5,913 pounds of Vermont’s “most dangerous leftovers” were collected and will soon be destroyed.
Saturday’s collection of medications exceeded the 5,552 pounds of medication collected last April. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimates that approximately 10 percent of the medications collected on Prescription Drug Take Back Days are opioids.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an initiative lead by the DEA in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Health and state and local law enforcement to collect and destroy unused medications, including prescription opioids. The misuse of drugs often begins at the family medicine cabinet, where prescription painkillers may be kept long after they are needed. As part of Saturday’s collection event, communities throughout Vermont hosted collection sites where people safely – and anonymously – dropped off unused medications. The sites were staffed by local and state police and county sheriff departments. The 72 collection sites around Vermont were the most collections sites the state has established for a take back day.
“Getting rid of unused prescription opioids is an important piece of the puzzle in solving this state-wide crisis,” said Commissioner Thomas D. Anderson. “Recent studies indicate that between 42% and 71% of opioids prescribed in connection with surgical procedures go unused. It is therefore critical that these unused opioids are destroyed before they can be diverted for non-medical use,” commented Anderson. Commissioner Anderson also thanked the DEA for its leadership of this program and Sheriff Roger Marcoux for his tireless efforts in supporting the removal of these “most dangerous leftovers.” He also expressed thanks to the Vermont State Police, the numerous local police departments, the Vermont Health Department, and area businesses that participated in and helped make National Prescription Drug Take Back Day a success.
NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAYS
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Health departments and drug disposal sites around the country will join the Drug Enforcement Agency biannually in the spring and fall to hold National Prescription Drug Take Back Days, providing a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, while educating about the potential for abuse and medications. Find participating sites in Vermont at DEA.gov. http://ow.ly/AGno30g8ZbV
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