Dover-Foxcroft police install drop-off box for unwanted prescription drugs

Posted Jan. 06, 2012, at 8:51 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Dover-Foxcroft Police Department is allowing residents to drop off unwanted and expired prescription drugs year-round.

The mailboxlike drop box will be in the lobby of the Police Department and people can deposit their unwanted drugs 7 to 11 a.m. Monday-Friday.

“There was just an overall need for it,” said Dover-Foxcroft police Officer Kyle Wilson. “We have issues with prescription drugs and stuff. It’s an easy way for someone with leftover prescription drugs to dispose of safely. You’re not supposed to flush them down the toilet.”

Wilson said the drugs that are deposited will be kept in the building until the annual state drug take-back program.

He added that residents still can drop off drugs during other hours.

“They can always call the Police Department, and if we’re not tied up with a call, we’ll open the door and they can bring it in,” Wilson said.

Prescription drug abuse is always a problem, he said.

“It’s statewide, nationwide. We’re trying to nip in the bud as best we can,” said Wilson.

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