Community members have an additional location to drop off unused and unwanted prescription medications year-round. Copley Hospital has installed a secure prescription medication drop box in the main hallway outside of the Laboratory Check-in. Secure prescription medication drop boxes are also located in the Lamoille County Sheriff’s office, in the Morristown Police Department, and in the Hardwick Police Department.

This secure drop box location in Copley Hospital gives Vermonters a convenient and safe way to remove these “dangerous leftovers” from their homes. The service is made possible through an agreement with the Vermont Department of Health in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and in collaboration with Healthy Lamoille Valley.

“Installing this Prescription Medication Drop Box is the right thing to do to improve the health and welfare of our community,” said Art Mathisen, CEO of Copley Hospital. “The Drop Box is a convenient and easy way for community residents to safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications. We are proud to join with the Sheriff’s office, local law enforcement, Healthy Lamoille Valley, area providers, social service agencies and the State of Vermont as we all work to help reduce substance abuse.”

Copley Hospital’s Drop Box accepts prescription, over-the-counter, and pet medication in any form from households. This includes: pills & capsules, blister packs, creams & gels, inhalers, patches, powders, and sprays. Please - no needles, syringes, lancets or thermometers and no medications from businesses.
Drop off is anonymous – no ID is required. Copley’s Prescription Medication Drop Box is accessible during normal business hours. It is located in the main corridor just before the Laboratory Check-in window.

Before dropping of any medications, please prepare them by crossing your name off the container and putting all of the containers together in a sealed clear plastic bag (such as a Ziplock bag). If you don’t have the original container, please place the medications in a sealed clear plastic bag and label it with the name of the medication.

In addition to the Prescription Medication Drop Box program, the Vermont Health Department has introduced mail-back envelopes for safe and secure drug disposal. Consumers can use these envelopes at home to safely and securely mail in expired and unused prescription medications. Envelopes for this program are available at Mansfield Orthopaedics in Morrisville.

Learn more about drug safety at healthylamoillevalley.org/prescription-drugs and at healthvermont.gov/alcohol-drugs/services/prescription-drug-disposal .

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