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Drug Take Back Day

HANCOCK COUNTY – In observance of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 28th, 2017, a number of Take-Back events will be occurring throughout Hancock County.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is hosting their Drug Take-Back Day in collaboration with Ellsworth Police Department, the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, and Healthy Acadia on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, located at 163 High Street. Community members are encouraged to bring in any unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs for this free, anonymous service.

The following police departments are also hosting Drug Take-Back events from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 28th:

  • Bar Harbor
  • Bucksport
  • Mt. Desert
  • Southwest Harbor

Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor Police Departments will be hosting a Drug Take-Back at the Winter Harbor Police Department from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Sheriff Scott Kane stated, “This drug take back will allow citizens to drop off any unwanted, unused, or outdated medications that they may have in their possession.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 participating locations, and they will be disposed of safely with no danger to the citizens or the environment.”

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. 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.

Last year HCSO and EPD collected 712 pounds of prescription drugs, and 27,140 pounds were collected across all Maine sites. Overall, in its 13 previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds of pills across the country.

For more information about National Drug Take-Back Day, please contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 667-7575 or your local law enforcement department. Healthy Acadia is honored to continue its collaboration with local police departments and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, to prevent substance misuse and ensure safe drug disposal.

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.

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