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Attorney General Mills urges Mainers to dispose of unused prescription drugs this Saturday
September 26, 2014
(AUGUSTA) Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills urges all Mainers to participate in Saturday’s statewide prescription drug take-back drive during which anyone can safely dispose of unwanted, unused prescriptions or over the counter medications, no questions asked. Local law enforcement agencies will be conducting drug take back events on Saturday, September 27th, at more than 170 locations across Maine.
AG Mills kicked off the event by dropping off a small bag of unused medications at the State House drop off location. Following the death of her husband earlier this week, one of the first things she did was to go through their medicine cabinets and make sure any of his pharmaceuticals were properly disposed of. “Too many Mainers,” Mills said, “forget that these items are often stolen and get into the wrong hands; or if they are flushed down the drain, they pollute our ground water. Each of us must do our part to ensure the safe disposal of pharmaceuticals.”
WHAT: Prescription Drug Take-Back
WHEN: Saturday, September 27th
WHERE: To find a location near you, click here: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/NTBI/ntbi-pub.pub?flowExecutionKey=c30513D55-B117-9902-89C0-D7F17060235E_k23ED27AF-E5F3-E20B-7B06-7216C8504107
The take-back effort reduces the risk of prescription drug diversion and ensures environmentally safe disposal. There will be a large drop box supervised by local law enforcement at each site.
During the most recent take-back in April, 2014, Maine collected 27,040 pounds of medications, which was the largest amount collected in Maine to date. The grand total for all eight collections in Maine now stands at 133,660 pounds.