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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters are encouraged to turn in unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to keep the drugs from being abused or misused.

Collection sites were around Vermont on Saturday.

The event is organized by the Vermont Health Department in collaboration with local and state law enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont’s Health commissioner, says “prevention starts at home.” He says most people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from friends or family — often right out of the medicine cabinet.

Last year Vermonters turned in more than 5,500 pounds of drugs at 70 sites.

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Online:

healthvermont.gov/drugtakeback