People who want to get rid of unused and unwanted prescription medications can now use a drop box at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.
The secure box is in the hospital’s main hallway, near the laboratory check-in.
Secure prescription medication drop boxes are also located at the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department in Hyde Park, the Morristown Police Department and the Hardwick Police Department.
The drop boxes give people a safe, convenient way to remove “dangerous leftovers” from their homes. The service is available through an agreement with the Vermont Department of Health, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Healthy Lamoille Valley.
Installing the drop box “is the right thing to do to improve the health and welfare of our community,” said Art Mathisen, CEO of Copley Hospital, as agencies work together to help reduce substance abuse.
Copley Hospital’s drop box accepts prescription, over-the-counter and pet medication in any form from households — pills and capsules, blister packs, creams and gels, inhalers, patches, powders and sprays.
It does not accept needles, syringes, lancets or thermometers, or any medications from businesses.
Drop-off is anonymous, and the hospital drop box is available during normal business hours.
Before dropping off medications, people should cross their names off the containers and putting all containers together in a sealed clear plastic bag.
In addition, the Vermont Health Department has introduced mail-back envelopes for safe and secure drug disposal. The envelopes are available at Mansfield Orthopaedics in Morrisville.