Prescription drug take-back day is April 29

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Manchester and Winhall police are coordinating with the Bennington County Sherrif's office and state and federal law enforcement to take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29.

The event is held 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. at the CVS Pharmacy in Bennington and at permanent drop-off sites located at each police department in Bennington County, including the Manchester Police Station at 6041 Main Street (Route 7A, behind the town offices) and Winhall Police and Rescue, 113 Vermont Route 30 in Bondville.

The Bennington Police Department and Bennington County Sheriff's Department also have disposal boxes.

Disposal at these sites is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

It gives the public an opportunity to prevent prescription medication abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions.

Bennington County residents disposed of 15 boxes (413.4 pounds) of medications during the October 2016 collection event.

Supported by local substance abuse prevention organizations, the Vermont Department of Health and law enforcement agencies, Take-Back Day aims to promote safe storage and disposal of prescription medications and to prevent prescription drug abuse, a continued concern in our communities that claims lives through addiction, overdoses and accidental poisonings.

Bennington County was the first county in Vermont with permanent take-back boxes, thanks to the collaboration of local partners with a shared goal of a healthier Bennington County.

Medication return venues are supported in part by the Bennington Country Regional Prevention Partnerships and lead by The Collaborative, a coalition of prevention partners and law enforcement working together to reduce prescription drug abuse and underage drinking.

The Collaborative, an area non-profit, promotes the development of a healthy involved community supporting substance free youth in a caring environment.

For more information about Take-Back Day, visit dea.gov or call The Collaborative at (802) 824-4200 or your local law enforcement agency.

For more information about local drug abuse prevention programs, visit thecollaborative.us.

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