Drug Take-Back Day October 28
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, October 28th, and there are a number of Take-Back events scheduled throughout Hancock County on that day.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is hosting their Drug Take-Back Day in collaboration with the Ellsworth Police Department, the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, and Healthy Acadia on Saturday, October 28th from 9:00AM to 1:00PM at the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, located at 163 High Street. Community members are encouraged to bring in any unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs for this free, anonymous service.
In addition, the following police departments are also hosting Drug Take-Back events from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 28th:
Bar Harbor - 37 Firefly Lane
Bucksport - 89 Franklin Street
Mount Desert - 21 Sea Street
Southwest Harbor - 26 Village Green Way
Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor Police Departments will be hosting a Drug Take-Back at the Winter Harbor Police Department (20 School Street) from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Sheriff Scott Kane stated, “This drug take back will allow citizens to drop off any unwanted, unused, or outdated medications that they may have in their possession. The medications can be dropped off at participating locations, and they will be disposed of safely with no danger to the citizens or the environment.”
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. 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.
In 2016, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Ellsworth Police Department collected 712 pounds of prescription drugs; and 27,140 pounds were collected across all Maine sites. Overall, in its 13 previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds of pills across the country.