Every spring and fall, health departments and pharmacies around the country join the Drug Enforcement Agency in holding National Prescription Drug Take Back Days.

This twice-yearly event provides a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications, while educating about the potential for medication misuse, accidental ingestion and overdose. During the 2018 spring event Vermonters disposed of 6,008 pounds of medication.

The Vermont Health Department asks that you please keep these points in mind.

More than half of people who misuse prescription medication get it from a friend or relative, often straight out of the medicine cabinet.


Store your medications in a lock box or locked medicine cabinet.


Drop off unused medication at a kiosk at your local pharmacy or police station. See the map below for a location near you.


Mail unused medication in a pre-paid envelope.

For more information and a list of places to bring medications visit the website of the Vermont Department of Health.

All three outpatient pharmacy locations of the University of Vermont Medical Center have prescription drug disposal bins. These bins are available year round during the regular pharmacy hours.

  • Outpatient Pharmacy – 1 South Prospect Street, Arnold, Level 1, Burlington, VT 05401
  • Outpatient Pharmacy – 111 Colchester Avenue, Main Campus, Main Lobby, Level 3, Burlington, VT 05401
  • Outpatient Pharmacy – 792 College Parkway, Fanny Allen Campus, Medical Office Building, Suite 103, Colchester, Vermont  05446

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