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Sheriff - Eric G. Samson

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ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THIS SATURDAY.

On Saturday April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. law enforcement agencies across the State of Maine including the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office, Auburn Police Department, Lewiston Police Department, Lisbon Police Department, Livermore Falls Police Department, Mechanic Falls Police Department and the Sabattus Police Department and in partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Healthy Androscoggin will once again give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The Drug Take Back Program is a national initiative that was formed through the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and in 2015 DEA partnered with the Maine Sheriff's Association and all 16 Maine Sheriff's Offices are participating. Locally, Healthy Androscoggin continues to partner with local law enforcement in this very worthwhile cause.

The collection sites in Androscoggin County will be held at:
Auburn: Bedard Pharmacy 359 Minot Avenue
Lewiston: Farwell Elementary School, 100 Farwell Street
Lisbon: Lisbon Police Department 300 Lisbon Street
Livermore Falls: Livermore Falls Police Department, 2 Main Street
Mechanic Falls: Mechanic Falls Police Department, 108 Lewiston Street
Poland: Poland Town Office complex lot, 1231 Maine Street
Sabattus: Sabattus Police Department, 190 Middle Road
Turner: Turner Fire / Rescue Station, 19 General Turner Hill Road

For a complete listing of all sites in Maine please visit the Drug Enforcement Agency website at www.dea.gov and click on the Drug Take Back link.

Bring your pills for disposal to any of these locations. The service is free and anonymous.

If citizens are unable to make the April 30th event they can drop off medication at several drop sites that are available year round which are also free and anonymous. These collection sites are located at the Auburn, Lisbon, Livermore Falls, Mechanic Falls and Sabattus Police Departments, Turner Fire / Rescue, Poland Town Office as well as the Greene Village Pharmacy located at 19B Patten Road, Greene.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

 




 

 

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