This Saturday, Oct. 28th you have the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with local law enforcement, community and tribal groups in their bi-annual Take Back Day.

Between 10 and 2 Saturday, you can take pills and other solid forms of medication to any number of local collection points. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.)

“Disposing of leftover painkillers or other addictive medicines in the house is one of the best ways to prevent a member of your family from becoming a victim of the opioid epidemic,” said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson. “More people start down the path of addiction through the misuse of opioid prescription drugs than any other substance.”  

Last April, the public turned in 450 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Here are the local police agencies participating in the Take Back Day:

COLLECTION SITEADDRESSCITY
PRESQUE ISLE POLICE DEPARTMENT43 NORTH STREET, STE 2PRESQUE ISLE
FORT FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT18 COMMUNITY CENTER DRIVEFORT FAIRFIELD
WASHBURN POLICE DEPARTMENT1287 MAIN STREETWASHBURN
CARIBOU POLICE DEPARTMENT25 HIGH STREETCARIBOU
CARIBOU HIGH SCHOOL (Caribou PD)308 SWEDEN STREETCARIBOU
LIMESTONE POLICE DEPARTMENT93 MAIN STREETLIMESTONE
ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT17 BRIDGHAM STREETASHLAND
VAN BUREN POLICE DEPARTMENT51 MAIN STREETVAN BUREN
HOULTON POLICE DEPARTMENT97 MILITARY STREETHOULTON
AROOSTOOK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE25 SCHOOL STREETHOULTON
MADAWASKA POLICE DEPARTMENT428 MAIN STREETMADAWASKA
FORT KENT POLICE DEPARTMENT416 WEST MAIN STREETFORT KENT

 

You can find other collection sites at www.DEATakeBack.com