National Take Back Day will take place this Saturday, April 30th across the nation. This is a day to clean out the medicine cabinet of unneeded or expired medications and put them into the hands of someone who can help you dispose of them safely and properly.

This day is also a day to focus on drug abuse treatment and educating the public on the epidemic of drug overdose and abuse in the United States. This day is a way to avoid drugs getting into the hands of those not prescribed medications and to allow those surrendering drugs to give them anonymously.

The last National Take Back Day was in October of 2021 and resulted in nearly three-quarters of a million pounds of drugs being collected at nearly 5,000 collection sites across the nation.

Where to drop off near Bangor

Here are the 11 locations drugs will be collected this Saturday within 25 miles of the Bangor area:

  • Bangor Bangor Police Department, 240 Main Street, collection box in the lobby
  • Bangor Bangor Airport Mall Parking lot, 1129 Union Street; to be operated by Penobscot County Sheriff's Office
  • Bangor Penobscot County Sheriff's Office, 85 Hammond Street
  • Veazie Veazie Police Department, 1084 Main Street
  • Orono Bell's IGA Supermarket parking lot, 6 Stillwater Avenue; to be operated by Orono Police Department
  • Old Town Penobscot Nation Police Department, 12 Wabanaki Way
  • Hampden Hampden Police Department, 106 Western Ave
  • Bucksport Bucksport Police Department, Bucksport Public Safety Building, 89 Franklin Street
  • Holden Holden Police Department, 570 North Main Street
  • Hancock Hancock County Sheriff's Office, Hancock County Court House, 50 State Street, Suite #10, dropbox in the lobby
  • Ellsworth Ellsworth Police Department, 1 City Hall Plaza

What can be dropped off?

Any unused or expired medicines can be dropped off at a collection site, which can include both prescription and over-the-counter medications. You can also drop off veterinary medications, vitamins, medicated ointments and lotions, liquid medicines, and inhalers.

Find more details at the official website for 'Take Back Day' through the drug enforcement agency.

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