You might not think much of that leftover prescription bottle sitting in your bathroom cabinet, but for some that’s were their addiction began.
“It’s thought that 4 out of 5 individuals currently using heroine arrived there through the prescription drug route. We know that many people who misused prescription first got them from a friend or a relatives medication cabinet,” said Dr. Mark Levine, VT Health Department Commissioner
The Vermont State Police is teaming up with nearly 50 law enforcement agencies across the state to offer prescription drug disposal boxes all year round, rather than just on drug take back days.
“According to the Vermont Department of Health since 2010 Vermont healthcare providers have issued well over 3.5 million prescription for opioids in the state of Vermont,” said Vermont’s Public Safety Commissioner, Thomas Anderson.
Many of those prescriptions go partly or completely unused.
According to a 2017 Johns Hopkins survey, the contents of roughly one half to three quarters of a bottle of pills were not used by the 810 patients sampled.
“This study also found that most of these unused opioid were stored in unsecured location like medicine cabinets, cupboards and that a low percentage of patients planned to dispose of their unused prescription opioids,” said Anderson.
The new drop boxes have been rolled out at 6 of the 10 State Police barracks, 2 more will be added in the near future.
“This will bring the total number of drop boxes located at police department around the state to 48,” said Anderson.
Making it convenient for you to get them out of your medicine cabinet.
You can find a list of drug disposal boxes near you here