Prescription Drug Safety

The misuse of prescription opioids is a national issue, and our region is no exception.

According to the Vermont Department of Health, 19% of Franklin County residents (almost 1 in 5) received at least one prescription for an opioid in 2015.

Safe Use

All medication should be used only as directed. The Vermont Department of Health has issued guidelines to help patients determine what is safe and appropriate:

  • Anyone can become addicted to opioid prescription pain medication.
  • Ask your health provider if a pain relief medication is necessary and ask if alternatives are available.
  • With opioids, unlike antibiotics, it is safe to discontinue use before you have finished the medicine.
  • Take no more medicine than prescribed.
  • It is not safe to use someone else’s prescription medication or share your medication with others.

Visit these Department of Health resources for more information on safe prescription drug use and how to talk with your doctor:

Have a question?

Visit the contact page or connect with our helpful staff directly.

Crystal Lampman
Executive Director

Safe Storage

All medications, including over-the-counter medications, should be stored out of reach of children and pets.

Prescription medications, especially medications that are subject to misuse (for example, medications for mental health disorders, pain, ADHD, anxiety, and depression) should be kept in a locked safe or locked medicine cabinet.

Safe Disposal

Do not flush any medicines down the toilet, as they can get into water sources and may be toxic to domestic animals and wildlife.

Dispose of all expired or unused medications at a permanent drop-off location or at a take-back day event. Proper disposal of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications help ensure that drugs do not harm children, pets, or wildlife, get diverted or misused or pollute our waterways.

National Take-Back Day

Take-back events take place on the last Saturday in April and October.

Drug Enforcement Agency

Permanent Prescription Drug Disposal Sites

You can safely dispose of prescription medication at a number of locations in northwestern Vermont:

Franklin County

Northwestern Medical Center

Website | 133 Fairfield Street, St. Albans, Vermont
Sat-Sun 24/7

St. Albans Police Department

Website | 30 Lower Welden Street, St. Albans, Vermont
Sat-Sun 24/7

NOTCH Pharmacy

Website | 44 Main Street, Richford, Vermont
Monday 9am – 7pm
Tues-Fri 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday 9am – 12pm

Swanton Police Department

Website | 120 First Street, Swanton, Vermont
Mon-Fri 8am – 4pm

Grand Isle

Grand Isle Sheriff’s Office

Website | 3677 US Rte 2, North Hero, Vermont
Mon-Fri 8am – 4:30 pm

South Hero Pharmacy

334 US Rte 2, South Hero, Vermont
Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 3pm


South Hero Pharmacy

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Richford NOTCH Pharmacy

Drob box at Richford NOTCH Pharmacy
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