2014-04-18 / In the Know

Prescription Take-Back is successful

By Tim Barker
Special to the Leader

Over the past several years, the Scarborough Police Department, in cooperation with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, has been part of a prescription drug Take-Back program.

The program has been extremely successful.

Prescription drug neglect and abuse is the nation’s fastest growing drug problem. This is largely in part due to the lack of awareness with what to do with expired, unused, or unwanted medication.

Unfortunately, these medications are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, which can lead to accidental poisonings or overdoses.

More often than not, these prescription drugs are improperly disposed of, which has caused a major concern for environmental safety. Studies have shown that prescription medications are either thrown in the trash or flushed into public sewer systems. This decision clearly is the wrong course of action which can result in widespread effects on the safety of our environment.

The Take-Back initiative addresses vital public safety and public health issues, and is a new front in the efforts of combating prescription drug abuse and neglect. The Scarborough Police Department strives to ensure the public welfare and safety of our community.

The drop off point will be an indispensable tool to the Scarborough Police Department and the town of Scarborough.

In conjunction with the Scarborough Police Department, the members of Scarbor- ough TRIAD (seniors and law enforcement working together) will be collecting any medications with the exception of hypodermic needles to include: pills, ointments, drops, veterinary medication, over the counter medication and empty pill bottles.

The state of Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Redemption and Waste Management provides the following information on proper disposal of hypodermic waste: www.maine.gov/dep/ waste/biomedical/sharps.html.

Please help us to ensure you, your family and the safety of the environment by joining us April 26, in dropping off any expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Scarborough Police Department.

This will be a safe, convenient, legal and environmentally sound way to drive up and drop of your medication for proper disposal.

The Scarborough Police Department will also work with the University of New England – College of Pharmacy during this take back event.

Please bring in any nonperishable food item to support the UNE food drive Project Feed.

As always, Scarborough Police Department has a secured prescription drug drop box in the lobby of our police department that is accessible year round. Walk in, drop off, and go.

For more information on the prescription drug Take-Back initiative, contact Sergeant Tim Barker at 730-4308.

Tim Barker is a sergeant in the Scarborough Police Department.

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