Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 29. Keep your family and pets safe at home by clearing out unused medications. Help prevent accidental ingestion and misuse of prescription meds by visiting a special drop off location near you. For a list of permanent drop-off sites, click here.

Vermont offers a Prescription Drug Disposal System. Access all the details here:

If there are no specific disposal instructions on the label, follow these simple steps to dispose of most medicines in the household trash:

  1. Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds;
  2. Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag
  3. Throw the container in your household trash;
  4. Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it illegible, then dispose of the container.

For proper management of specific medications: 

  • Head lice shampoo – bring this to our Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events.
  • Chemotherapy Drugs – return these to the pharmacy or cancer clinic.
  • Anti-neoplastic Medicine – return these to the pharmacy or cancer clinic.
  • Controlled Substances – return these to your local sherrif’s office and look for National Take Back Days. Visit the FDA website for more information.

NOTE: Please do not flush unwanted medication down the drain. It may disrupt your septic system or the water treatment facility. Click here for more information.