Blue Hill Memorial Hospital adds new prescription drug drop box



BLUE HILL — Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, in partnership with Healthy Acadia and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, has announced the addition of a new prescription drug drop box for Hancock County, as part of substance abuse prevention efforts.

The drop box allows community members to safely dispose of medications that are expired or no longer needed or wanted.

The new prescription drug drop box has been placed in an accessible but secure (monitored) location within the Sussman Medical Office Building on the hospital campus. The drop box will be accessible during business hours (Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.–2 p.m.).

“We feel that the drop box program is an extremely important service to our community,” Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Chief Medical Officer Mike Murnik, MD, explained. “We understand that our patients have been seeking a safe and convenient location to dispose of unused medications, and until now, the closet option was in Ellsworth.”

The drop box is funded through Healthy Acadia’s Drug Free Communities Initiative and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. Other drop boxes in Hancock County are hosted at the Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, Bucksport, Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor police departments, as well as the Sheriff’s Office. Drop boxes at these locations are available for safe, anonymous disposal of prescription drugs, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Prescription drug misuse is the fastest growing substance use disorder nationally and in Maine.

Safe drug disposal improves the health of our communities, reduces the potential for drug misuse with youth and adults, reduces illegal drug sales and protects the environment, including the water supply.

If you have questions about disposal of medications, contact your primary care provider’s office, pharmacist, or local police department.

For more information about the prescription drug drop box program and other initiatives aimed at preventing substance misuse, visit Healthy Acadia’s website, www.healthyacadia.org.

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