In recent years, a nationwide National Prescription Drug Turn In Day provided an opportunity for anyone who wanted to get unwanted and outdated drugs out of their homes and disposed of properly. This event was a huge success in removing potentially dangerous drugs from easy access by anyone who wanted to steal them.
The Maine collection effort by police and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in conjunction with TRIAD units and other organizations around the state has brought in 7,820 pounds of pills. That put Maine in the top position for the amount of pills collected per person. Even with its small population, Maine came in 11th in the nation for the total weight of pills collected.
The next medication turn-in opportunity in Waldo County will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Belfast Police Department/Waldo County Sheriff’s Department, 6 Public Safety Way in Belfast; and at Searsport Police Department, Public Safety Building, 3 Union St.
For more information, contact Vyvyenne Ritchie at 930-6761.