Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

BAR HARBOR — Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Maine Sheriff’s Association and local law enforcement agencies are offering the opportunity for community members to bring in any unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs for this free, anonymous service.

The Bar Harbor police will participate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, as will departments in Mount Desert, Ellsworth and Winter Harbor.

Southwest Harbor will hold their drug take-back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that same day, as will Bucksport and Gouldsboro.

Proper and safe disposal of excess medication helps to decrease the potential for thievery, accidental poisoning or overdose, as well as misuse of and addiction to prescription drugs. Safe and proper disposal of prescription drugs also helps to protect the environment, particularly the water supply and soils.

For additional disposal opportunities, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Bar Harbor, Bucksport, Ellsworth, Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor police departments all have prescription drug drop boxes located in their lobbies. The drop boxes are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anonymous disposal of prescription medications but not needles or epinephrine pens.

Contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 667-7575 or your local law enforcement department.

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