WINDSOR COUNTY— Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Spring 2020 Prescription Drug Take Back Day, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 25th, has been canceled. However, there are still opportunities to return unwanted or expired medications. Medication return boxes are available for drop-off throughout Windsor and Orange Counties. Mail back envelopes for medications are also available.
Supported by public health coalitions, drop off boxes and medication return envelopes aim 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.
Where to go
The following locations serve as drop-off sites: Green Mountain Pharmacy, Greater Falls Pharmacy, Ludlow Pharmacy, Springfield Pharmacy, Gifford Health Care, Chester Police, Hartford Police, Ludlow Police, Royalton Police, Springfield Police, Windsor Police, Woodstock Police.
Mail back envelope displays at: Chester Food Pantry, Black River Good Neighbors, Neighborhood Connections, Springfield Medical Care System clinics, Senior Solutions,
Town Halls – Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Londonderry, Ludlow, Plymouth, Springfield, Weston. Libraries – Chester, Ludlow, Springfield, Hartland, Windsor, Norwich. Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center: Outpatient Clinic Waiting Room, Specialty Clinic Waiting Room (Prof. Building upstairs), MAHHC inpatient Pharmacy. Also available at, Ottauquechee Health Center clinic waiting room, and the Teago store in Pomfret.
The permanent collection and mail back envelope services are free. Powders and patches are accepted in addition to pills and capsules. Anonymous pre-paid envelopes go directly to the DEA for incineration. Medication return venues are supported in part by the Green Peak Alliance, a regional network that promotes healthy communities in East Central Vermont.
For more information, visit dea.gov or call the Windsor County Sheriff’s Department at (802) 457-5211.