BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Police Department and Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to give the public an opportunity to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs this weekend.

The drug takeback event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. People wishing to dispose of medications can drop them off at Bangor’s Main Street police station or Cascade Park on State Street.

The event is geared toward preventing drug abuse by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Controlled, noncontrolled and over-the-counter substances may be collected and disposed of by dumping them directly into a takeback box. If a container is submitted, the individual disposing the drugs should remove any potentially identifying information from the label.

Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed; syringes, marijuana or methamphetamine will not be accepted.

The service is free and anonymous. Anyone with questions should contact Bangor Community Relations Officer Jason McAmbley at 947-7384 ext. 5733 or jason.mcambley@bangormaine.gov.

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