Healthy Acadia: Drug Take Back Day

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ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) - Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is taking place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The Maine Sheriff's Association is offering the Drug Take-Back Day in conjunction with local police departments and the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. Community members are encouraged to bring in any unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs for this free, anonymous service.

The following Hancock County police departments are hosting Drug Take-Back Days from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 25th:
• Bar Harbor
• Bucksport
• Gouldsboro
• Mt. Desert
• Southwest Harbor

For drug take back information around the state, call your local police department for details.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office is hosting their Drug Take-Back Day in collaboration with Ellsworth Police Department and the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce at 163 High Street at the Chamber building from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

According to Sheriff Scott Kane, "This drug take back will allow citizens to drop off any unwanted, unused, or outdated medications that they may have in their possession. The medications can be dropped off at designated locations, and they will be disposed of safely with no danger to the citizens or the environment."

Properly and safely disposing of excess medication helps to decrease the potential for thievery, accidental poisoning or overdose, as well as misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. This year's event coincides with Earth Day and will reinforce that safe and proper disposal of prescription drugs also helps to protect the environment, particularly the water supply and soils. "People are often confused or do not know how or where to safely dispose of their prescription medications," said Elizabeth Lyles of Healthy Acadia, adding "The Drug Take-Back Day provides an excellent opportunity for Hancock County residents to safely dispose of their unused or expired prescription medicines."

For additional disposal opportunities, the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the Bar Harbor, Bucksport, Ellsworth, Mount Desert, and Southwest Harbor Police Departments all have prescription drug drop boxes located in their lobbies. The drop boxes are accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for anonymous disposal of prescription medications. Needles and epinephrine pens are not allowed.

For more information on Drug Take Back Day, please contact the Hancock County Sheriff's Office at 667-7575 or your local law enforcement department.

If you would like more information on safe disposal efforts, educational materials, or more information about Healthy Acadia's substance prevention efforts, visit www.healthyacadia.org or contact Tara Young at 667-7171 or tara@healthyacadia.org