A study by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America shows that every day another 2,500 American children get high for the first time. Most of these drugs are obtained from friends and family members, often coming from unused or expired prescription medicines at the home of their parents, grandparents or other relatives.

Disposal of prescription drugs is tricky; they cannot be flushed (they will taint the water supply) or thrown away safely.

In recent years, the nationwide “National Prescription Drug Turn-In Day” has provided an opportunity for anyone to safely dispose of unwanted and outdated drugs from their homes. This event has been a huge success in removing potentially dangerous drugs from easy access by anyone who wanted to steal them.

The Maine collection effort by police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in conjunction with TRIAD units and other organizations around the state brought in 7,820 pounds of pills. That put Maine in the No. 1 position for the amount of pills collected per person. Even with our small population, Maine came in 11th in the nation for the total weight of pills collected.

This year, Prescription Drug Turn-In Day is Saturday, April 28. Waldo County turn-ins will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at:

  • Belfast Police Department / Waldo County Sheriff’s Department, 112 Church St., Belfast
  • Lincolnville Central School, 523 Hope Road, Lincolnville
  • Searsport Police Department, Public Safety Building, 3 Union St., Searsport
  • Stockton Springs Town Office, 217 Main St., Stockton Springs

For more information, contact Vyvyenne Ritchie of Healthy Waldo County, a local Healthy Maine Partnership, at 930-6761.