2017-10-27 / In the Know

Prescription drug take back set for Oct. 28

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.

This 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.

This 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.

This 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 Scarborough TRIAD (seniors and law enforcement working together) will be collecting any medications with the exception of hypodermic needles to including 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.

Please help us to ensure you, your family and the safety of the environment by joining us Oct. 28 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.

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. Please contact Sergeant Tim Barker 730-4308 for any questions relating to this prescription drug take back initiative.

Tim Barker is a sergeant with the Scarborough Police Department.

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