National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day set for April 30

ELLSWORTH — Saturday, April 30, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Twice annually, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) partners with local law enforcement to give community members an opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs.

Properly and safely disposing of excess medication helps to decrease the potential for theft, accidental poisoning or overdose, and misuse of prescription drugs.

Proper disposal also helps keep medications out of the water supply and soils. Community members are encouraged to bring in any unwanted, unused, or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for this free, anonymous service.

The following police departments will host Drug Take-Back Days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30:

  • Eastport Police Department.
  • Gouldsboro Police Department.
  • Indian Township Police Department.
  • Machias Police Department.
  • Milbridge Police Department.
  • Mount Desert Police Department.
  • Pleasant Point Police Department.
  • Southwest Harbor Police Department.
  • Winter Harbor Police Department.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Ellsworth Police Department are partnering with the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce to host a Take-Back Event on April 30 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the chamber, 163 High St. in Ellsworth.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments of Bar Harbor, Bucksport, Calais, Ellsworth, Eastport, Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor all have prescription drug drop boxes located in their lobbies.

All boxes are accessible during regular business hours and some are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drop boxes cannot take needles, epinephrine pens or other sharps.

For further disposal efforts or questions, contact Elizabeth Lyles at 667-7171 or [email protected]. In Washington County, contact Terri Woodruff at 255-3741 or [email protected].

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