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Windsor County Drug Take-Back Day Is Saturday

Hartford — Expired and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped for free off at sites throughout Windsor County on Saturday, as part of an effort to combat prescription drug abuse. The anonymous, “no questions asked” collections will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and permanent drop boxes are also available in several towns.

Prescription drug abuse, a growing problem in the United States, claims lives through overdoses and accidental poisonings. A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

“Flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash aren’t safe options,” said Melanie Sheehan, director of Community Health Outreach at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. “These methods pose public health and safety hazards, and are a serious threat to families.”

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies. In Windsor County, residents turned in 274 pounds of drugs, 79 pounds more than the previous fall.

Permanent drug take-back containers are available year-round in the lobbies of the Hartford, Ludlow, Springfield and Windsor police departments. The service is free, and pills, capsules, liquids, lotions, powders and patches are accepted.

Prescription drugs may be turned in on Saturday at these locations:

∎ Hartford Police Department

∎ Ludlow Police Department

∎ Norwich Police Department

∎ Pierce Hall Community Center, in Rochester, Vt., operated by the Royalton State Police Barracks

∎ Royalton Police Department

∎ Springfield Police Department

∎ Weathersfield Transfer Station, operated by the Weathersfield Police Department

∎ Windsor Police Department

∎ Woodstock Police Department

For more information about Take-Back Day, go to dea.gov or call the Windsor County Sheriff’s Department at 802-457-5211. For more information about local drug abuse prevention programs, go to mappvt.org or ocpvt.org. — Staff report