Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse

Vermont's Most Dangerous Leftovers

Most people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from friends or family - often straight out of the medicine cabinet. You can help keep drugs out of the hands of those who should not have them.

Understand and help stop prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse. Call 802-651-1550 or email

Vermont Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

Drug Disposal

Steps to Safe Prescription DrugsSafely store and throw away unused or expired medicine. It prevents misuse.

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, dial 2-1-1, or visit or the Vermont Drug Diversion Unit.


For Parents

Visit ParentUpVT.orgAll teens are at risk of substance abuse and other serious issues.

But you are their #1 influence.

Kids are surrounded by pressures and influences. Make sure you are armed with the latest and most accurate info—so you can be the best influence possible. Visit

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Drug Misuse

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