By Associated Press - Wednesday, April 28, 2021

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermonters have set a new record in the amount of unwanted or expired medication they dropped off at collection sites during the national Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

On Saturday, 7,165 pounds was collected at sites around Vermont, according to Gov. Phil Scott’s office. The previous record was 6,734 pounds in October 2019.

“As we continue to work to prevent substance misuse in Vermont, we know having unused prescriptions in the medicine cabinets at homes is a risk, which is why Drug Take Back Days and our ongoing collection efforts are so important,” Scott said in a written statement Tuesday. “I greatly appreciate the Vermonters who contributed to this successful collection day on Saturday – it will make a difference in our prevention work.”

The event happens twice a year in Vermont so that medications can be disposed of and to spread the word about their potential misuse, accidental ingestion and overdose, his office said. More than half the people who misuse prescription medication get it from a friend or relative, often from the medicine cabinet, said Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine.

Vermonters may also get rid of medications year-round at pharmacy and police station disposal sites. Locations are on the Health Department website or by calling 211.

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