Drug Take-Back Day Slated For April 26

April 21, 2014

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Drop-off sites located throughout county
WINDSOR COUNTY— On Saturday, April 26, the Windsor County Sheriff’s Office, local and state law enforcement agencies, and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its eighth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The Take-Back Day event is free and anonymous, no questions asked, with drop-off sites located throughout Windsor County. “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. “We look forward to participating in Take-Back Day again this spring as part of our continuing effort to protect the health and safety of Windsor County residents.” Last October, Windsor County residents emptied their medicine chests and nightstands of 228 pounds of drugs, similar to what had been collected the previous April.
Supported by public health coalitions, Take-Back Day aims to prevent prescription drug abuse, a growing problem in the U.S. that claims lives through overdoses and accidental poisonings. A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. Since inception of the Take Back Days, towns across Windsor County and the State have worked diligently to expand access to permanent drug collection units. Residents participating in Drug Take back on April 26 have the opportunity to learn more about permanent collection such as locations of drop boxes, hours of operation, and what medications types are accepted.
Where to go The following locations in Windsor County will serve as drop-off sites on Take-Back Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26: Windsor Police Department; Weathersfield Transfer Station (operated by the Weathersfield Police Department); Springfield Police Department; Ludlow Police Department; Hartford Police Department; Woodstock Police Department; Royalton Police Department; Norwich Police Department; and Rochester Constable Office (operated by the Royalton State Police).
In addition to Take-Back Day, households in the Windsor County may take advantage of permanent drop-boxes in the lobbies of the following Police Departments: Chester, Hartford, Ludlow, Royalton, Springfield, Windsor, and Woodstock. For a complete listing of locations and hours of operation, visit: http://www.mappvt.org/Prescription_Drug_Return.html The Take Back Day and Permanent Collection services are free. Liquids, lotions, powders and patches are accepted in addition to pills and capsules. Medication return venues are supported in part by the Windsor County Partnership for Success, a coalition of prevention partners and law enforcement working together to reduce prescription drug abuse and underage drinking.
For more information about Take-Back Day, visit dea.gov or call the Windsor County Sheriff’s Department at (802) 457-5211. For more information about local drug abuse prevention programs, visit mappvt.org or ocpvt.org.


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