Every year, the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office takes part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a day when unused and unwanted medications are given to law enforcement at no-cost to the contributor.

In a press release from November, The U.S. Department of Drug Enforcement states the opportunity of this day for those with unwanted and maybe even dangerous medications:

The public has embraced Take Back Day events because they provide easy, no-cost opportunities to remove medicines languishing in the home that are highly susceptible to misuse, abuse, and theft. Public demand for safe and secure drug disposal has also resulted in a significant increase in year-round drug drop boxes at law enforcement facilities, pharmacies, and elsewhere, making drug disposal even more convenient.

This year 'National Prescription Drug Take Back Day' was scheduled for Saturday, April 25th but the Department of Justice's Diversion Control Division announced the day's postponement but to check in with it's dedicated page for 'our next scheduled event'.

The Penobscot County Sheriff's Office took to Facebook to inform us of it's cancellation but possible postponement:

The Facebook post reads:

In response to the developing Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation, the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office / Bangor Police Department Drug Take Back and Paper Shredding event in April has been cancelled. This is in alignment with the Maine Governor’s social distancing orders and recommendations made by the State of Maine CDC and local health departments.

It is possible that this event might be rescheduled by no date has been given.


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