Safely Dispose of Unused Expired Medicines | Community News

This Saturday is Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Drug Recovery Day. The Windham County Sheriff’s Department and West River Valley Thrives are using this time to educate the public about the proper storage and disposal of prescription (Rx) medications.

This initiative enables people to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by clearing their homes of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. In addition, the simple act of throwing unused medicines in the trash or flushing them down the toilet risks harming the environment, stealing and posing a danger to public health.

Collect your expired or unused Rx pills or patches in their original bottle or place them in a disposable bag (liquids, needles or sharp objects are not accepted). Be sure to remove or cover your personal information. Drop off your pills and patches anonymously at an Rx drug drop box near you. Last year, the Windham County Sheriff’s Department collected 79.87 pounds of unused medicine.

Bring your medications for disposal to one of the following locations:

Windham County Sheriff’s Office, 11 Jail St. in Newfane

Messenger Valley Pharmacy, 170 Grafton Road in Townshend

Brattleboro Police Department, 62 Black Mountain Road

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave in Brattleboro

Bellows Falls Police Department, 170 Rockingham St.

Wilmington Police Department, 2 E. Main St.

Dover Police Department, 245 Vermont 100.

All locations listed have permanent drop boxes located in their lobbys, and boxes are available for pill disposal during lobby hours, no questions asked. Please note that these locations may have variable hours. Please call ahead to confirm times.

If you are unable to make it to a physical drop box and would like a postage paid bag to dispose of your unwanted prescription by mail in a secure medication envelope, please email Elisha Underwood, Communications Specialist and of West River Valley Thrives Outreach at [email protected]