SVMC participates in drug take-back
BENNINGTON - Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, participated with local organizations to share National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30. The observation provided a reminder for community members to look through their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of medications that could cause harm to others.
SVMC hosts a MedSafe collection box, which is available 24 hours every day for the anonymous disposal of unneeded medications. In the more than four years since the MedSafe box installation at SVMC, it has facilitated retrieval of more than 2,000 pounds of unwanted medications from homes and the street.
Due to a major renovation of the emergency department and main entrance, the box, which had been in the lobby, is now located in the emergency department registration and waiting area. Those interested in disposing of medications should enter through the canopy entrance, take a left inside the door, and continue straight into the emergency department registration and waiting area. The box looks like a mailbox, featuring a one-way medicine drop.