Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse

Steps to Safe Prescription DrugsMonitoring, Prevention & Treatment

Information for communities, parents, educators and individuals to help understand and address prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.

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Vermont Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

Drug Disposal

Vermont's Most Dangerous LeftoversSafely store and throw away unused or expired medicine. It prevents misuse.

Here are three steps you can take to ensure the safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription drugs:


Only take medication prescribed to you by a doctor. Only use it in the prescribed dosage. And never share prescription drugs with friends or family.

Store prescription medication locked and out of reach of kids, family, and guests. Know where it is at all times. Keep it in its original bottle with its label.

Most prescription drugs should NOT be flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink. In Vermont, you can drop off your medications at a permanent disposal site. Proper disposal helps avoid harming water sources, wildlife, pets, and people.

Local prescription drug take-back programs provide a safe way to dispose of medications. To find a collection site, contact Vermont 211, visit or go to the Vermont Drug Diversion Unit for an interactive list.

Drug Misuse

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