National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for September 26
September 14, 2015

WASHINGTON COUNTY - National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is taking place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. The Maine Sheriff’s Association offers Drug Take-Back Days twice annually, in conjunction with local police departments and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, to provide an opportunity to safely dispose of any expired or unwanted medications that may be collecting in your medicine cabinet. 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 Events from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 26th:
• Machias Police Department, at the Hannaford Supermarket in Machias
• Milbridge Police Department, at the Milbridge Town office
• Eastport Police Department
• Calais Police Department
• Baileyville Police Department
• Pleasant Point Police Department
• Indian Township Police Department

Items accepted: Prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins and supplements, veterinary medications.
Items NOT accepted: needles or syringes (return these to your nearest hospital or clinic), inhalers, liquid medications, electronics/medical equipment, items that may contain mercury.

Proper and safe disposal of excess medication helps to decrease the potential for theft, accidental poisoning or overdose, as well as misuse of prescription drugs. Properly disposing of medications also helps to protect the environment, particularly the water supply and soils.

For additional disposal opportunities, permanent drug drop boxes are located at the Washington County Courthouse in Machias, Calais Police Department, Indian Township Police department, Pleasant Point Police Department and Eastport Police Department. 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 (return these to your nearest hospital or clinic), inhalers, liquid medications, electronics/medical equipment, items that may contain mercury.
For further disposal efforts contact Terri Woodruff at 255-3741 or terri@healthyacadia.org.
Healthy Acadia is excited to continue its collaboration with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and local police departments to prevent substance misuse and ensure safe drug disposal.

Healthy Acadia is a community health coalition building vibrant communities and making it easier for all people to lead healthy lives throughout Hancock and Washington Counties. For more information about Healthy Acadia’s substance prevention efforts and other initiatives, visit www.healthyacadia.org.