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Prescription Drug Take-Back Set for April 26

A free, anonymous drug take-back day will take place on April 26 across Windsor County.

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the U.S. and locally, and a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. The no-questions-asked “take-back” will enable residents to help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired and unwanted prescription drugs, organizers said in a recent news release.

“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. In a drug take back last October, Windsor County residents emptied their medicine chests and nightstands of 228 pounds of medication, similar to what had been collected in April 2013.

The following drop-off sites in Windsor County will accept prescription drugs on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Windsor Police Department; Springfield Police Department; Ludlow Police Department; Hartford Police Department; Woodstock Police Department; Royalton Police Department; Norwich Police Department; Weathersfield Transfer Station, and the Rochester Constable Office. The Weathersfield and Rochester collections will be operated by the Weathersfield Police Department and the Royalton State Police, respectively.

Vermont towns have also been working to expand access to permanent drug collection units. Windsor County residents may use drop-boxes in the lobbies of the following police departments: Chester, Hartford, Ludlow, Royalton, Springfield, Windsor and Woodstock. Pills, capsules, liquids, lotions, powders and patches are accepted, and the service is free. For locations and hours, go to www.mappvt.org/Prescription_Drug_Return.html.

For more information, go to dea.gov or call the Windsor County Sheriff’s Department at 802-457-5211.

— Staff report