LincolnHealth, along with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and Damariscotta Police Department, will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Takeback Day this Saturday, Oct. 23.
People can drop off unused or expired prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the tent located on the Miles campus. Boothbay Harbor, Waldoboro and Wiscasset Police as well as Boothbay Harbor EMS are also participating at their department’s locations.
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drugs, the majority of misused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. The survey also reported 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 5.9 million misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives and 4.9 million misused prescription stimulants.
In April 2021, more than 420 tons of prescription medication was collected at 4,425 sites across the country. Maine collected more than 27,340 pounds of prescription drugs. The program, which has held 20 takeback days since its inception, has collected more than 14.5 million pounds of medication.
To find other takeback sites, go to http://mh.care/HR9550GtiDz and fill out the Collection Site Locator.