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Vermonters turn in prescription drugs to police

Law enforcement officers from around Vermont participated in the second annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Over 62 collection sites, including 28 participating law enforcement agencies, collected 1,404 pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

"Saturday's initiative was successful in ridding Vermont of a significant amount of dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medicines," said Sheriff Roger Marcoux, president of the Vermont Sheriff's Association. "And we hope this will aid in reducing accidental poisonings and overdoses, as well as impeding intentional misuse and abuse."

"Thanks to our all of the participating federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and to the public," said Captain Robert Evans, Assistant Field Force Commander. "We not only removed these dangerous drugs from our homes, but also educated concerned citizens about the dangers of drug abuse."

Last fall, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow users of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is presently drafting regulations to implement the Act.

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