Are you throwing away your unwanted or expired medications?

Think about this: The same prescription drugs that may help you get better will only make someone else much worse, if they fall into the wrong hands.

In fact, throwing prescription drugs in the trash makes them a target not only for your children or other family members, but also for drug dealers and addicts.

Getting rid of prescription drugs safely is important. It keeps young children from accidentally swallowing them, and keeps teens and adults from misusing or abusing them. Medication take-back events are a safe way to get rid of these medications.

Don’t let your drugs fall into the wrong hands.

Take your unwanted or expired drugs in to National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs.

Help make your home safer!

  • Mark your calendar for April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Clean out your medicine cabinet and take you old or unneeded medications to your local drop off site.

Can’t make it? Drop off unwanted or expired drugs at the UVM Medical Center anytime.

The UVM Medical Center has installed a MedSafe sealed canister at each of its three outpatient pharmacies. The MedSafe gives patients, physicians and employees an easy drop-off point for unfinished or expired medications to be incinerated off site.

Gayle Finkelstein is Vermont Poison Prevention Educator with the Northern New England Poison Center in Community Health Improvement at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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