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National prescription drug take-back day Saturday, Oct. 26

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is holding a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26, 10 am – 2 pm. Drug take-back locations can be found throughout Vermont by using this handy, online tool on the DEA website: Take-Back Location Finder. Just type in your zip code and you’ll find a long list of sites throughout Vermont.

The DEA offers this program to provide safe, convenient places to bring your leftover drugs, and offers information on how to prevent drug abuse. Due to the abundance of take-back locations offered by the DEA, Chittenden Solid Waste District facilities will not be taking part in this event.

Leftover medicine poses a serious safety threat in the U.S., with more people dying each year from overdoses involving prescription painkillers than from heroin and cocaine combined, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Product Stewardship Institute, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the health and environmental impacts of consumer products, has created a Go-to-Guide that offers a clearinghouse of information about safe pharmaceutical take-back initiatives in each of the 50 states, the dangers of improper medicine storage and disposal, and other helpful information.

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