New Ellsworth drop box allows drug disposal 24/7

Posted July 24, 2012, at 7:46 a.m.
Last modified July 24, 2012, at 10:54 a.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Hancock County residents who may not want to wait until the next Take-Back Day to get rid of their unwanted prescription medication now have another option.

The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators has provided the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department with a locked box that the public can use to dispose of their old medications. The box, similar to a book-return bin at a library, is located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Department in the Hancock County Courthouse on State Street in downtown Ellsworth.

“Every day these drugs remain in the home it makes them a potential target for abuse, with potential catastrophic outcomes, especially for American youth,” Hancock County Sheriff William Clark indicated in a prepared statement.

Unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off seven days a week, 24 hours a day at the sheriff’s office. No information will be required from anyone who wants to drop off prescription drugs in the box. The public is encouraged to drop off old drugs that belong to them or that may have belonged to friends or family members who may have recently passed away.

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