June 22, 2018
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Task force to discuss increasing drug collection efforts

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — A program to collect and dispose of old and unused prescription drugs has been popular in Maine, totaling thousands of pounds turned in each time it’s been run.

How to keep those collections going on a regular basis is a concern of a 17-member task force that’s meeting Tuesday in Augusta. The panel of medical, law enforcement and state officials is looking for solutions to Maine’s prescription drug abuse crisis that has resulted in a flood of drug store robberies across the state.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Director Roy McKinney, a task force member, says nationally coordinated drug collection efforts during the last two years have been run in Maine and other state on an interim basis. The Maine task force is looking to establish a more permanent collection system.

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