“Community is made from conflict as much as from cooperation; the capacity to solve conflict is what gives social relations their sinew. Professionalizing justice ' steals the conflicts,' robbing the community of its ability to face trouble and restore peace. Communities lose their confidence, the capacity, and finally, their inclination to preserve their own order. They instead become consumers of police and court 'services' with the consequences that they largely cease to be communities.”

Nils Christie, 1977. Conflict is Property.

Take Back Meds

Turn In Your Unused or Expired Prescriptions for Safe Disposal
Drop-Off is Free, Anonymous and Environmentally Friendly

What Should I Do?

You can dispose of unused or expired medication safely, easily, confidentially, and for free in a MedReturn Drug Collection Kiosk at the:

Orleans County Sheriff’s Office
5578 Rte 5, Derby VT
9am – 4pm, Monday - Friday

Newport Police Department’s Office
222 Main Street, Newport, VT
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The kiosks are open to all residents, no questions asked. This is a safe, effective, and sustainable way to dispose of prescription substances.

What is Collected

  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-Counter medications
  • Pet medications
  • Sample medications
  • Pills, capsules, inhalers, ointment & patches
  • Vitamins
  • Liquids in glass or leak-proof containers

What is NOT Collected

  • Needles/sharps
  • Thermometers
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Aerosol cans

Important Disposal Information to Remember

  1. Scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.

  2. If the drug label or patient information that accompanies the medication has specific instructions for disposal, follow those carefully. Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.

  3. Do not give medications to friends. Doctors prescribe drugs based on a person’s specific symptoms and medical history. A drug that works for you could be very dangerous for someone else.

This permanent disposal system is collaboration between the Orleans County Restorative Justice Center, Orleans County Sheriff Department, Newport Police Department, and the Vermont Department of Health.
The Drug Collection Kiosks were purchased by the Orleans County Restorative Justice Center with support from the Canaday Foundation.

What Else Can I Do?

  • Safeguard Your Medicine
    • Keep prescription medicine in a secure place.
    • Count and monitor the number of pills you have.
    • Lock up your medicine.
  • Educate Yourself & Share Resources
    • Share information with family, friends, and neighbors.
    • Talk to youth about the risks of underage drinking and abusing prescription drugs. Children who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not get that critical message at home.
  • Get Help
    • If you or someone you know needs help, call 211. Addiction is a treatable disease. And there are many paths to recovery. Let us help you choose yours.

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