It's time to go through the medicine cabinet, your kitchen cabinet, wherever you keep your prescriptions and gather up anything that you are no longer are using or expired and bring them to the National Prescription Drug Take-Back events happening in Hancock County on Saturday, October 23rd.

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The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will host a Drug Take-Back event on Saturday, October 23rd from 9a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Shaw's Parking Lot in Ellsworth as well as the Island Medical Center in Stonington from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. T

“This Drug Take Back will allow citizens to drop off any unwanted, unused, or outdated medications that they may have in their possession,” said Hancock County Sheriff, Scott Kane. “Medications can be dropped off at participating locations, and they will be disposed of safely with no danger to the citizens or the environment.”

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Bar Harbor, Bucksport, Ellsworth, Mount Desert, and Southwest Harbor Police Departments also have prescription drug drop boxes located in their lobbies. Drop 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.

Addresses for the drug drop boxes with the local police departments are

  • Bar Harbor, 37 Firefly Lane
  • Bucksport, 89 Franklin Street
  • Mt. Desert, 21 Sea Street
  • Southwest Harbor, 26 Village Green Way
  • Ellsworth, 1 City Hall Plaza
  • Hancock County Sheriff's Department, 50 State Street, Ellsworth


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