Effort to Collect Old Prescription Drugs Enjoys a “Ton” of Success



ELLSWORTH — Volunteers at the Maine Public Safety office in Augusta recently cataloged about 100 pounds of prescription drugs.

 

This is a fraction of the unwanted prescription drugs Maine residents have recently mailed to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. MDEA Director Roy McKinney looks on as the drugs are being sorted.
This is a fraction of the unwanted prescription drugs Maine residents have recently mailed to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. MDEA Director Roy McKinney looks on as the drugs are being sorted.

Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said the drugs have either expired or are from relatives of patients who have died.

Since the program started in 2008, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) has collected nearly 2,300 pounds of prescriptions from Maine residents.

Once the drugs are inventoried, they are destroyed under MDEA’s watchful eyes, McCausland said.

Prior to the program, the majority of these drugs ended up in municipal dumps or sewer systems.

MDEA Director Roy McKinney said about 100 pounds of drugs are mailed in each week in prepaid envelopes.

The envelopes and more information about the program is available at www.safemeddisposal.com.

 

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