Aroostook County law enforcement agencies will be participating in the National Prescription DrugTake-Back Day taking place this Saturday, October 26th.

All 11 County police departments and the Aroostook County Sherriff’s Office will be available to receive and serve as prescription disposal sites all year long in the effort to reduce access and abuse of prescription drug abuse. The service is free and you can remain completely anonymous.

Some departments can also receive the unused, expired or unwanted medicines 24/7, not just on National Drug Take Back days.

On the last Drug Take-Back Day in April, 2,033 pounds of medication was collected in Aroostook County. Statewide, police departments collected 27,680 pounds of medications back in April.

Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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.

If you have any unused or unwanted prescription drugs, please bring them to your local police department for proper disposal.