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Vermonters urged to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs

April 21, 2021 GMT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters are urged to get rid of their unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The event is taking place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at over 55 locations around Vermont, according the U.S. attorney’s office.

“Unused medication, especially highly addictive prescription opioids, are vulnerable to diversion, misuse, and abuse. By properly disposing of unused prescription drugs, every Vermonter can help keep our communities safe,” said Acting United States Attorney Jonathan A. Ophardt in written statement.

Last year, 158 Vermonters died of opioid overdose, a 38% increase from 2019, he said. More than a quarter of those deaths involved prescription opioids and 11% involved prescription stimulants, Ophardt said.

Most collection sites will be operated by local law enforcement and other community partners and can be found in the lobby of local police departments. The locations are listed online at www.deatakeback.com or by calling 1-800-882-9539.

The last prescription drug take-back day netted nearly 5,000 pounds of unwanted, expired, unused prescription drugs and electronic vaping devices/cartridges throughout Vermont, federal officials said.