Public encouraged to use new drug drop boxes

ELLSWORTH — The Bucksport, Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor police departments now have prescription drug drop-off boxes in their lobbies.

Hancock County residents can safely dispose of unused prescription medications at these drop boxes 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Previously, there was only one prescription drug drop box in Hancock County, located at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office in Ellsworth.

The three police departments, Healthy Acadia and the Sheriff’s Office worked together to expand the program.

“We have had success with the prescription drug take back days and the drop box makes it easier for the citizens,” said Bucksport Police Chief Sean Geagan.

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing substance abuse problem in the United States. Maine has some of the highest rates of prescription drug abuse in the nation.

The drop boxes are funded through Healthy Acadia’s Drug Free Communities Grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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