Published on August 26th, 2015 | by Burlington Partnership0
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, September 26th!
Saturday, September 26th, from 10am – 2pm
Bring your unused or expired medications into a local drop off site for proper safe disposal. Free and anonymous. No questions asked.
There are 3 local drop off sites in Burlington this year:
Burlington Police Department – 1 North Avenue
Price Chopper Parking Lot – 595 Shelburne Road
Kinney Drugs – 308 Shelburne Road
Go to www.dea.gov to see a list of all drop off locations in Vermont.
Why should you properly dispose of or lock up unused or expired medications?
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.
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 people struggling with addiction.
Follow these 5 simple steps to protect your home and prevent medicine abuse:
1. TALK with your children about the dangers of medicine misuse
2. SECURE all medications in your home
3. MONITOR all medications in your home to ensure they are used as directed and only by those to whom they are prescribed.
4. DISPOSE of all your unused medications safely at a local disposal site
5. DO NOT SHARE your medications.
To learn more about prescription drug disposal click here. To get involved in our efforts to promote Drug Take-back contact our office assistant Jessica Summer at (802) 652-0997 or firstname.lastname@example.org.