WISCASSET, Maine — Lincoln County will host five collections of unwanted medications on Saturday, April 28, as part of National Drug Take Back Day.
National Drug Take Back Day promotes the collection and proper disposal of outdated and unwanted medications, which law enforcement sources say otherwise could contribute to environmental pollution or prescription drug abuse, according to a press release. A recent report from the Maine Centers for Disease Control said prescription drug abuse is rising and now accounts for more fatal overdoses than cocaine and heroin combined.
There will be five medication collection sites in Lincoln County on April 28 that will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by law enforcement officers and members of the Lincoln County TRIAD. The locations are: the Boothbay Harbor Town Hall, the Lincoln County Communication Center in Wiscasset, Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, Sheepscot Valley Health in Whitefield (Coopers Mills) and the Sproul Block in Waldoboro.
Prescription and nonprescription medications, over-the-counter substances and medication for pets will be accepted. Liquid medications such as cough syrup should remain in their original containers, with sealed caps to prevent leakage. Needles and syringes will not be accepted. No questions will be asked about the medications taken to any of the collection sites and participants are urged to remove all personal information from prescription labels.
Law enforcement agencies warned the public to beware of criminals posing as members of law enforcement and offering assistance in disposing of unwanted medications. They also advised against ever giving medications to anyone other than a uniformed officer of the law.
Since its inception in September 2010, the National Drug Take Back Day initiative has collected more than 400 tons of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Last October, the citizens of Maine disposed of more than 14,000 pounds of medications, which ranked the state first nationally in the amount of medications collected per capita, and first in New England in terms of the amount collected.