ADDISON COUNTY — Six law enforcement agencies will be among the 57 locations across Vermont prepared to accept unused or unwanted prescription medications this coming Saturday, Oct. 26, as part of national Drug Take Back Day.
The day is a law enforcement effort to assist members of the public with the proper disposal of medicines. Pills should not be flushed or thrown away but instead taken to one of the police or sheriff’s departments for proper disposal.
Anyone who wishes to have authorities dispose of their old medications should go, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., to any of the following locations:
• Addison County Sheriff’s Department, 35 Court Lane, Middlebury.
• Brandon Police Department, 301 Forest Dale Road.
• Bristol Police Department, 1 South St.
• Middlebury Police Department, 1 Lucius Shaw Lane.
• Vergennes Police Department, 120 Main St.
• Vermont State Police, 2490 Route 7, New Haven.
No identification or questions are asked at these sites.
Law enforcement through Vermont join together in this effort to remove unused or unwanted prescription drugs from homes in an attempt to reduce the abuse or misuse of prescribed medicines. Many citizens of Vermont have prescription drugs in their homes, but have forgotten about them or no longer have a need to use them.
The public is encouraged to take an inventory of their medicine cabinets or other locations where medicines are kept and properly dispose of those that are not being used.
In 2012, Vermont law enforcement hosted two separate Drug Take Back Days that yielded 3,405 pounds of prescription drugs. During the last Drug Take Back Day, in April, they collected 2,393 pounds.
To find other prescription drug drop-off sites go online to vsp.vermont.gov/drugtakeback.
In recent activity, Vermont State Police:
• On Oct. 17 at 3:55 p.m. were called to investigate the burglary of a home on Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury. The victim reported that the break-in occurred sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. that day, and a flat-screen television was stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
• On Oct. 18 at 11:16 a.m. responded to a two-car crash on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Police report that a 2000 Nissan Altima driven by Min Harris, 68, of Shoreham was stopped on Route 7 behind a vehicle waiting to turn left into a business when a 2012 Subaru Impreza driven by Judith A. Brown, 73, of Rutland approached from behind and collided with the back of Harris’s Altima. The trooper determined that neither speed nor impairment were contributing factors; he said “inattention” was a factor.
Frank Loso, 76, of Rutland, who was a passenger in Brown’s car, was transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care with non-incapacitating injuries (bumps and bruises). Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Ferrisburgh Fire Department and both the Charlotte and Vergennes Area rescue squads. The case is still under investigation.
• On the evening of Oct. 18 looked into a report of a residential burglary in the Mountain Road neighborhood in Monkton. The homeowner reported that several power tools were stolen. Anyone with information on this incident or any suspicious activity is asked to contact VSP.
• On Oct. 19 at 4:09 p.m. stopped a vehicle driven by Tyler A. Jerome-Laflam, 18, of Monkton on the Bristol-Monkton Road in Monkton. Police alleged that he was driving 79 mph in a posted 40 mph zone. Jerome-Laflam’s car was described as a “high-performance, blue Subaru WRX.” The trooper cited Jerome-Laflam for speeding.
• On Oct. 20 at 5:24 p.m. cited Tara Tower, 36, of Monkton for driving with a criminally suspended license on Monkton Ridge in Monkton.