NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY, APRIL 26

Local law enforcement holds drug collections around region; sign up for the Yellow Dot

Posted:  Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:30am
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MIDCOAST  In association with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement agencies will hold prescription drug collection events in coordination with the 8th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The free program aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

In addition, Camden, Rockland, Thomaston and Warren first responders are inviting the public to enlist in the Yellow Dot Program, which is designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during that first “golden hour” after a crash or other emergency. A yellow dot (sticker) in the driver’s-side rear window of a vehicle alerts rescuers to vital medical information stored in a glove compartment.

And, some stations will be offering child car-seat inspections and fire safety awareness.

Locally, collection events will be held in Camden, Rockland, Thomaston, Union, Warren, Belfast, Searsport, Waldoboro and Vinalhaven as follows:

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT 31 WASHINGTON STREET CAMDEN
ROCKLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT ROCKLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT 1 POLICE PLAZA ROCKLAND
ROCKLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT ROCKLAND CITY HALL 
COUNCIL CHAMBERS
270 PLEASANT ST. ROCKLAND
THOMASTON POLICE DEPARTMENT LOWE'S HOME CENTER 164 NEW COUNTY ROAD THOMASTON
KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE UNION FIRE DEPARTMENT 567 COMMON RD UNION
KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARREN FIRE DEPARTMENT 167 WESTERN ROAD WARREN
WALDO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WALDO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 45 CONGRESS STREET BELFAST
WALDO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WALDO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 6 PUBLIC SAFETY WAY BELFAST
BELFAST MAINE POLICE DEPARTMENT BELFAST POLICE DEPARTMENT 112 CHURCH STREET BELFAST
KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE VINALHAVEN FIRE DEPARTMENT 
863-4604
56 WEST MAIN ST VINALHAVEN
LINCOLN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SPROUL BLOCK APARTMENTS 
COMMUNITY ROOM
8 FRIENDSHIP ROAD WALDOBORO
WALDOBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT WALDOBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT 1600 ATLANTIC HIGHWAY WALDOBORO
SEARSPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT SEARSPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT 
DAN RICH PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING
P O BOX 4993 UNION STREET SEARSPORT

The theft of prescription drugs has become an enormous problem in this country. Older people tend to have more medications in their homes than any other age group, and this makes their medicine cabinets of particular interest to anyone using drugs. In addition, a study by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America shows that every day another 2,500 American children get high for the first time. Most of these drugs are obtained from friends and family members, often coming from the prescription bottles at the home of their parents, grandparents, or other relatives.

Sometimes people get a prescription for a medication and find that they are allergic to it, or that it has other undesirable side effects, and they stop using it and set it aside. Sometimes people have a procedure and are given pain medication but do not use it and set it aside. Sometimes a person in the household dies and the prescription drugs are set aside. Ultimately, there can be a considerable amount of unwanted prescription medication in the home. Disposal of prescription and non-prescription drugs has become a problem. While many people used to flush it down the toilet, this is no longer a safe means of disposal since it causes our groundwater to get tainted.

In recent years, the nationwide National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has provided an opportunity for anyone who wanted to get unwanted and outdated drugs out of their homes and disposed of properly. The event has been successful in removing potentially dangerous drugs from easy access by anyone who wanted to steal them. The last Maine collection effort by police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, in conjunction with TRIAD units and other organizations around the state, brought in 7,820 pounds of pills, putting Maine in the number one position for the amount of pills collected per person. Even with its small population, Maine came in 11th in the nation for the total weight of pills collected.

Local collection events are part of this larger state initiative coordinated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, working with state and local law enforcement, that focuses on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation's medicine cabinets. Persons wishing to dispose of over the counter and prescriptions drug that are either expired or no longer needed may drop them off and dispose of the drugs by placing them into a designated disposal box in either the original container or by disposing the prescription directly into the box. No identification is necessary for participants to drop off unwanted prescription drugs.

All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids, such as cough syrup, should remain in their original container with the cap tightly secured to prevent leakage. Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not accepted as part of this initiative.

For more information on the National Take-Back Initiative, visit deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.

Event Date: 
Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm