Medicine Take Back

THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS OF THE FREE MEDICINE DISPOSAL DAY on October 28

The most recent Free Medicine Disposal Day was on Saturday, October 28, 2017.  Thanks to the community’s efforts, sites throughout Androscoggin County collected 2,586 lbs. of medications!  Healthy Androscoggin would like to send a special thank you to the planning committee and sponsors including:

  • DEA
  • Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Auburn Police Department
  • Lewiston Police Department
  • Lewiston Public Schools
  • Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments
  • Bedard Pharmacy
  • Community Credit Union
  • Mechanics Savings Bank
  • Maine Prevention Services

Final boxes_Volunteers Line of cars

 

The next Medicine Disposal Day is scheduled for APRIL 28, 2018

Do you have expired or unwanted medications?

What to bring:

*Expired or unwanted prescription medications

*Vitamins

*Veterinary medications

*Homeopathic treatments

*Over the counter medicines

**Where possible, medicines should be returned in their original container!**

What not to bring:

We cannot accept needles or syringes!  Other items we can’t take: electronic equipment and items containing mercury.

Medicine drop-off boxes

Healthy Androscoggin has purchased permanent medicine drop-off boxes for seven communities in Androscoggin County.  These boxes are available all year long, during the open business hours of the offices or departments they are located in.  The medicine drop-off boxes are administered by the police departments in the respective towns.  The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department manages the boxes in Mechanic Falls and Greene.  Please contact your local police department or town office for more details on hours of availability.  These boxes are available only for the residents within each of the listed communities.  Boxes are located in:

  • Lisbon- Police Department, 300 Main St.
  • Sabattus- Police Department, 190 Middle Rd.
  • Greene- Sheriff’s Office, 19 Patten Rd
  • Mechanic Falls- Police Department, 108 Lewiston St.
  • Auburn- Police Department, 60 Court St.
  • Turner- 19 General Turner Hill Rd.
  • Poland- Town Office, 1231 Maine St.

Healthy Androscoggin is working closely with other communities in Androscoggin County towards setting up more permanent boxes.  Locations will be added to this list above as boxes are ordered and installed.

Substance Use Prevention

This initiative addresses important issues of public safety and public health. Large amounts of unused medicines in the home are dangerous and have been found to be a leading cause of accidental poisonings in the United States.  These medicines are also highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse are high in Maine.  According to a recent report from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Maine has the highest percentage of residents who seek treatment for addiction to prescription narcotics.

11.4% of high school students in Androscoggin County of used a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription.* By bringing your unwanted and expired medications to events like these, you are playing a powerful role in the prevention of prescription drug abuse.

To learn more prescription drug abuse prevention tips click here.

If you need more information or have any questions about safe storage or drug disposal, please call us at 795-5990

*Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey 2015