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Posted on: March 31, 2021

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on 4.24.21

Take Back

The Winooski Police Department has partnered with the Winooski Partnership for Prevention (WPP) for the 20th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Saturday, April 24, 2021 

Guidelines:

  • Masks and social distancing are required when dropping off items. 
  • Please remove solid medications from their containers.
  • If submitting a container, please remove any identifying information or labels.
  • Solid dosage products and liquids in containers are accepted - liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. 
  • Please ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage. 
  • Intravenous solutions, injectables, needles, or syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.

If you have questions about this event, please call or email Lieutenant Justin Huizenga: 

802 655 0221 / jhuizenga@winooskipolice.com

WPP will be sharing helpful information on how to prevent youth substance misuse. They will also be providing resources if you or someone you know might be looking for help quitting. Sign up for their newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

On Wednesday, April 21st, the WPP will be hosting a free "Take-Out and Take-Back" community dinner (pick-up from 4 PM - 6 PM) in celebration of National Take-Back Day. The featured chef will be Said Bulle, owner of Jilib's Giblets. For more information on when and how to reserve your free meal, sign-up for WPP's newsletter or email Jane Henderson: jhenderson@winooskiprevention.org

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