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Windham County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345

Drug Take Back Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE04/24/2021 9:16 AM

On Saturday, April 24th, the Windham County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with West River Valley Thrives and other local substance use prevention coalitions, will participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Drug Take Back Day. This initiative gives communities the opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Please keep in mind the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug misuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Additionally, simply throwing unused medicines in the trash or flushing them down the toilet risks environmental harm, theft, and poses a public health hazard.

Bring your medications for disposal on Saturday April 24th to any of the following locations:

-Windham County Sheriff's Office - 11 Jail St, Newfane
-Brattleboro Police Dept.- 62 Black Mtn Rd #101, Brattleboro
-Bellows Falls Police Dept.- 170 Rockingham St, Bellows Falls
-Wilmington Police Department- 2 E. Main St, Wilmington
-Dover Police Department- 245 VT 100, Dover

All locations listed have permanent drop boxes located in the agency's lobby, and boxes are available for pill disposal during open lobby hours, no questions asked. Please note, that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic many of these locations may have fluctuating hours. Please call ahead to confirm hours.

If you are unable to make it to a physical drop box and would like a postage paid bag to dispose of your unwanted prescription via mail, please email Jacob Deutsch, West River Valley Thrives Project Coordinator, at WRVTCoordinator@gmail.com .

Please contact Det. Sgt. Jessica Fellows at (802)365-4942 or at jfellows@windhamcountyvt.gov for more information.



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