WINDSOR COUNTY, Vt. — On Saturday, April 29, the Windsor County Sheriff’s Office, local and state law enforcement agencies, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The Take-Back Day event is free and anonymous, no questions asked, with drop-off sites located throughout Windsor County.
“Rates of prescription drug abuse in this country are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs,” said Sheriff Mike Chamberlain of Windsor County. “We look forward to participating in Take-Back Day again this spring as part of our continuing effort to protect the health and safety of Windsor County residents.”
Supported by public health coalitions, Take-Back Day aims to prevent prescription drug abuse, a growing problem in the U.S. that claims lives through overdoses and accidental poisonings. A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.
Since inception of the Take Back Days, towns across Windsor County and the State have worked diligently to expand access to permanent drug collection units. Windsor County’s efforts align with those of the state in encouraging Vermonters to drop off unused or expired medications. Windsor County Prevention Partners coordinator, Courtney Hillhouse states that, “Nearly 70 percent of people age 12 and older who abused prescription painkillers got them from friends or relatives, many times right from the medicine cabinet. To prevent misuse, we want everyone to know how to safely use, store and dispose of unused or expired medicine.”
Residents participating in Drug Take back on April 29th have the opportunity to learn more about permanent collection such as locations of drop boxes, hours of operation, and what medication types are accepted.
Where to go
The following locations in Windsor County will serve as drop-off sites on Take-Back Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29: Chester Police Department; Windsor Police Department; Weathersfield Transfer Station (operated by the Weathersfield Police Department); Springfield Police Department; Ludlow Police Department; Hartford Police Department; Woodstock Police Department; Royalton Police Department; Royalton State Police Barracks; Norwich Police Department; and Rochester Constable’s Office.
The Take Back Day and Permanent Collection services are free. Powders and patches are accepted in addition to pills and capsules. Medication return venues are supported in part by the Windsor County Prevention Partners, a coalition of prevention partners and law enforcement working together to reduce prescription drug abuse and underage drinking.
In October 2016, Windsor County Deputies emptied drop boxes at local police stations and took for incineration 477.6 pounds of medications collected, an increase of 19 pounds from the previous collection. This is the largest volume to be tallied in Windsor County. At any time throughout the year, households in Windsor County may take advantage of the permanent drop-boxes in the lobbies of the following Police Departments: Chester, Hartford, Ludlow, Royalton, Springfield, Windsor, and Woodstock. For a complete listing of locations and hours of operation, visit: www.twinstatesafemeds.org.
For more information about Take-Back Day, visit dea.gov or call the Windsor County Sheriff’s Department at 802-457-5211.