BANGOR- Saturday was National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Locations across the country held events to get unwanted prescription drugs off the streets and into the hands of the proper authorities.
All morning Saturday, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office worked with the Bangor Police Department to accomplish that goal.
“It’s unwanted, expired prescriptions or anything you want to get rid of and get out of your house. It’s properly disposed of here where it goes into an incinerator, and it’s better for the environment instead of flushing it down the toilet and throwing it into a landfill.” said Chief Deputy William Birch.
During the drug take back event, Birch said dozens of people drove up to hand in their old prescriptions adding that’s its just safer to get rid of them this way.
“Keeping expired medications in your house or keeping them around, it’s not a good thing. It’s no questions asked here. You can just come, put it in the box. When the box is full, we seal it, and it goes. There’s no questions asked. We don’t even pay attention to the names or anything,” Birch said.
According to a press release from the offices of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Angus King, last year’s take back event included more than 412,000 pounds of medication being turned in to the different roadside testing vehicles.
“It gets them out of the house, that way no one can see them. They’re not stolen and again. It’s so important to dispose of them properly instead of in a landfill and flushing them down the town which eventually goes back into our waters and steams which isn’t good,” he said.