Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
September 21, 2015

HANCOCK COUNTY - Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is taking place on Saturday, September 26th, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Maine Sheriff’s Association is offering the Drug Take-Back Day in conjunction with local police departments, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce. Community members are encouraged to bring in any unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs for this free, anonymous service.

The following police departments are hosting Drug Take-Back Days from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 26th:
• Bucksport
• Gouldsboro
• Southwest Harbor

The following departments are hosting Drug Take-Back Days from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 26th:
• Bar Harbor
• Ellsworth
• Hancock County Sheriff
• Mount Desert
• Winter Harbor

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 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

According to Sheriff Scott Kane, “this drug take back will allow citizens to drop off any unwanted, unused, or outdated medications that they may have in their possession.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 of and addition to prescription drugs. Safe and proper disposal of prescription drugs also helps to protect the environment, particularly the water supply and soils.

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; please no needles or epinephrine pens.

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.