This weekend is a good time to open up your medicine cabinet for spring cleaning.
On Saturday, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is again conducting one of its most popular community programs: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24 the public is encouraged to dispose of their expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications at nearby collection sites.
Here’s where you can dispose of prescription drugs in Chittenden County:
- Kinney Drugs, Essex Junction
- Kinney Drugs, Hinesburg
- Kinney Drugs, Shelburne
- Market 32 Parking Lot, South Burlington
- Colchester Police Department
- Essex Police Department
- Winooski Police Department
- Burlington Police Department
Overdose deaths increased in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
87,200 Americans died as a result of a drug overdose in a one-year period, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency, according to the CDC, accelerating significantly during the first months of the pandemic.
In 2020, Prescription Drug Take Back Day resulted in the collection of almost 5,000 pounds of unwanted, expired, unused prescription drugs and electronic vaping devices and cartridges throughout Vermont. The DEA and its partners collected over 57 tons throughout New England.
Acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan A. Ophardt stressed the importance of properly disposing of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications in a press release.
“In 2020, 158 Vermont residents died of opioid overdose, a 38% increase from 2019. Over 25% of opioid overdose deaths in 2020 involved prescription opioids and 11% involved prescription stimulants,” he stated. “By properly disposing of unused prescription drugs, every Vermonter can help keep our communities safe.”