North Country participates in National Drug Take-Back Day

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FILE – In this June 15, 2018, file photo, pharmaceuticals are seen in North Andover, Mass. The Trump administration is moving ahead with its plan to allow Americans to safely and legally get access to lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

NORTH COUNTRY (NEWS10) – The DEA will hold its 19th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 24.

The nationwide day has the goal of providing a safe means of disposing of prescription drugs. A number of collection sites are available drop off across the region.

Collection sites will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines.

A few notable locations in the region are:

  • BENNINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • PITTSFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • WEST SAND LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT
  • VERMONT STATE POLICE – SHAFTSBURY BARRACKS

To find a collection site near you click here

In a prepared statement U.S Attorney Andrew Lelling said:

“Unused prescription drugs are a safety hazard and can contribute to drug misuse and abuse… Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a tool to eliminate a major source of prescription drugs from homes and reduce the hazard they pose to our families and communities in a safe and responsible manner.”

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling

The DEA will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms. They will also accept vape pens or other e-cigarette devices after the batteries are removed from the devices.

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