Prescription Drug Collection Nets Second Highest in State
On April 30 Bennington County Law Enforcement turned in to the National Drug Enforcement Administration almost 530 pounds of unused and expired prescription medications. This group effort by the Bennington Police Station, Bennington County Sheriff’s Department, Winhall Police and Rescue and Manchester Police collected 17 boxes comprising 452.4 pounds.
Southwest Career Development students Benjamin Doucette and Joshua Comalli assisted Bennington Police Lieutenant Dutcher in collecting the rest at the Bennington CVS. Dutcher, who organized the event, said, “We had a successful day and took back 75 pounds. The Bennington Police Department has a great relationship with the Career Development Center. Students from (their) law enforcement program have participated in the National Drug Take Back Day for several years, helping to make the community a safer place.”
From September 2015 through April 30, 2016, a total of 59 collection sites throughout Vermont took in 5,094.4 pounds.
“Properly disposing unused medications at official collection sites helps to make Bennington County a healthier place… by reducing access by non-prescribed users and keeping medications out of the environment and water systems,” stated Victoria Silsby, community outreach coordinator at The Collaborative.
The Bennington County Prescription Drug Task Force is currently assessing ways to increase community knowledge of how to safely store and dispose prescription medications to decrease access to non-prescribed users. To display a prescription take back location poster at your place of work, contact Lieutenant Dutcher at 802-442-1030 or Silsby at 802-824-4200.