Senators Collins, King announce Maine locations for 2017 Drug Take-Back Day
Washington, D.C. -Ahead of
the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
this Saturday, October 28th, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME)
and Angus King (I-ME) announced the locations of the Maine collection sites. The
Windham Public Safety Building, 375 Gray Road and the Raymond Fire Department
at 1443 Roosevelt Trail in Raymond are the two local sites for the Take Back
Day, along with the Standish Town Hall at 175 North East Road. For the
complete list of locations, go to the website www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to
provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of
prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the
potential for abuse of medications. At a previous Take-Back event on April 29,
2017, federal, state, and local government entities took back a record
900,386 pounds of unused, expired, or unwanted drugs at nearly 5,500
collection locations across the country, including almost 14 tons of unwanted
medications in Maine alone.
“In addition to posing serious health and safety
hazards, unused prescription drugs collecting in our homes can create
unintended gateways to addiction, fueling the heroin and opioid abuse
crisis,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement.
“Following a record collection last spring, we are confident that Mainers
will continue to lead efforts to protect their children, their homes, and our
environment from the abuse and improper handling of unused prescription drugs
by participating in this program.”
Federal regulations allow pharmacies, hospitals,
clinics, and other authorized collectors to serve as collection points for
unused prescription medication. In 2014, following a consistent bipartisan
effort led by Senator Collins and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), the
Department of Justice granted the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans
Affairs (VA) the ability to participate in prescription drug take-back
programs at DoD and VA facilities. This initiative has helped to address the
role of prescription drug abuse in many military and veteran suicides.