Published on April 2nd, 2014 | by Burlington Partnership


SAVE THE DATE for National Prescription Drug Take-back Day!

Saturday, April 26th, 10am – 2pm
The local drop off site is the Burlington Police Department

Go to to see a growing list of all drop off locations in Vermont.

Why should you properly dispose of or lock up unused or expired medications?

To protect yourself and this community from drug related crime – Meds thrown away or left in medicine cabinets can be attractive to drug dealers and addicts.

To protect children – Each day in the US, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time (from Partnership for a Drug Free America). Studies show that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

To protect the environment – Meds flushed or poured down the drain have found their way into our lakes, rivers and streams. Most water treatment plants or septic tanks are not designed to remove these chemicals. Research done by the UVM Legislative Research service in 2011 found measurable levels of pharmaceutical waste in Lake Champlain. There is limited information on the health impacts of this to humans, animals or aquatic ecosystems.

To learn more about prescription drug disposal click here. To get involved in our efforts to promote Drug Take-back contact our Project Coordinator Dan Mulligan at (802) 652-0997 or


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