Thursday February 27, 2014
If you’re wondering what to do with your excess or expired prescription and over the counter medications, your answer lies at the South Burlington Police Station at 19 Gregory Drive. Tuesday evening, February 18, a ribbon cutting took place in the station to officially unveil a permanent Med-Return collection unit located in the lobby. Now, you no longer have to wait for an official take-back day to clean out your medicine cabinet, since the collection site will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked! Drugs do not need to be labeled, and there is no face-to-face contact needed.
Part of the impetus for installing this permanent drop-off box emerged from a recent series of community forums on crime and safety where concern was expressed about unwanted prescription medications getting into the hands of young people. The idea of the MedReturn had initially been brought to the attention of Chief Whipple by SBPD Officer Dan Boyer, who suggested the department purchase the unit. According to a press release from Chief Trevor Whipple, more than 70% of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Among youth who are 12-17 years old, 7.4% reported non-medical use of prescription drugs in the past year.
Removing unneeded or unwanted drugs can stem the tide of drug abuse in our community. Don’t risk medications falling into the wrong hands, or leading to crime.
The establishment of this permanent secure drug drop off box is an important step South Burlington has taken toward assuring public safety.
SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent