Disposing of Prescription Drugs
We use a variety of medicines that we acquire by prescription or over the counter. As with nearly everything we purchase, we need to dispose of these chemicals in a safe and proper manner. Many people dispose of these by tossing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet. We may think small amounts of these materials have little or no impact. However, many pharmaceuticals have been found in surface & ground waters and have had noticeable negative effects on wildlife as a result of such disposal.
Medicines used in the home are the leading cause of poisonings, especially among children and seniors. If such chemicals are no longer needed, it is best to dispose of them safely and properly.
Where Can You Take Your Pharmaceuticals?
Take-back programs provide secure collection and destruction of unwanted medicines to protect public health and the environment. In Bennington County, there are three location listed below. In addition, ask your pharmacy whether they take back pharmaceuticals. Some have annual drop off days. In addition, this FDA website provides information on disposal options:
The Vermont Department of Health has information on prescription drug disposal in Vermont at this link:
Bennington Police Department, 118 South St., Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-442- 1030
The Bennington Police Department has a container in the lobby of their building, and pharmaceuticals can be dropped off in that container 24/7.
Manchester Police Department, Public Safety Facility, 6041 Main St., Manchester Center, VT 05255
Phone: 802-362- 2022
Prescription drugs in their original containers can be dropped off with dispatch.
Bennington County Sheriff, 21 Lincoln St., Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-442- 4900 (ask for dispatch)
Pharmaceuticals can be dropped off between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. They must be in some container such as a bag or bottle.
Vermont State Police Barracks – Troop B, 96 Airport Rd., Shaftsbury, VT
Phone: (802) 442-5421
Please call ahead for hours, but prescription drugs can be given to the dispatcher, no questions asked. Please do not bring sharps or needles.