National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for April 30
April 14, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Twice annually, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) partners with local law enforcement to give community members an opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs. Properly and safely disposing of excess medication helps to decrease the potential for theft, accidental poisoning or overdose, and misuse of prescription drugs. Proper disposal also helps keep medications out of our water supply and soils. Community members are encouraged to bring in any unwanted, unused, or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for this free, anonymous service.

The following police departments will host Drug Take-Back Days from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 30:

Eastport Police Department
Gouldsboro Police Department
Indian Township Police Department
Machias Police Department
Milbridge Police Department
Mt. Desert Police Department
Pleasant Point Police Department
Southwest Harbor Police Department
Winter Harbor Police Department

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Ellsworth Police Department are partnering with the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce to host a Take-Back Event on April 30th from 9:00am - 1:00pm, at the Chamber: 163 High Street in Ellsworth.

Ongoing Disposal Opportunities

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and the police departments of Bar Harbor, Bucksport, Calais, Ellsworth, Eastport, Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor all have prescription drug drop boxes located in their lobbies. All boxes are accessible during regular business hours and some are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drop boxes cannot take needles, epinephrine pens, or other sharps.

For further disposal efforts or questions, please contact Elizabeth Lyles at 667-7171 or elizabeth@healthyacadia.org. In Washington County, contact Terri Woodruff at
255-3741 or terri@healthyacadia.org.