Medicine Take Back

Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers for your support of the Free Medicine Take Back Event on April 29, 2017.   The next free disposal day will be in the fall of 2017.   If you have medications you need to dispose of before then, continue below for locations of our permanent disposal boxes and how to dispose of medications safely in your home.

Do you have expired or unwanted medications?

What to bring:

*Expired or unwanted prescription medications


*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, inhalers, 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
  • Sabattus- Police Department
  • Greene- Sheriff’s Office
  • Mechanic Falls- Police Department
  • Auburn- Police Department
  • Turner- 19 General Turner Hill Rd.
  • Poland- Town Office

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 Abuse 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

Thank you to our partners!

The Lewiston/Auburn Medicine Take-Back events are made possible through a collaboration of many community partners.  Organizations that help to coordinate these events include:  Maine Sheriff’s Association, Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office, Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, Lewiston and Auburn Police Departments, Bedard Pharmacy, Auburn Volunteers In Police Service, Lewiston and Auburn School Departments, Central Maine Medical Center, St. Mary’s Health System, Maine College of Healthcare Professions, Pediatric Associates, and the Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority.