National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

By Christine Souders |

Published 04/26 2014 10:12PM

Updated 04/26 2014 10:16PM

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT- Vermonters joined people nationwide in emptying out their medicine cabinents of unwanted or old prescription drugs safely on Saturday.

The Drug Enforcement Administration had its eighth 'National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,' with about 50 drop-off sights throughout the state of vermont.

Police stood by to collect the pills from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

The DEA said the safest thing to do with your unwanted prescription pills is to turn them into the police.

"Its a fantastic way of getting rid of your unused drugs. Its not safe to put them down the drain or just throw them on the ground. You have to dispose of them properly and the dea suggests that you return them to your local police department," said Detective Cpl. Andrew Johnson, South Bulrington PD.

Last October, people nationwide turned in almost 650,000 pounds of prescription drugs. 

Since the first event in September of 2010, the public has surrendered over 3 million pounds of pills.

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