BANGOR – Three out of four heroin users get their first taste of painkillers from the medicine cabinets of family and friends, according to the national survey on drug use for 2014.
To prevent this from happening, law enforcement from across the nation hold Drug Take Back days where people can drop off unused drugs for free.
Bangor Police Department is partnering with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office to hold a two-day drug take back on Friday and Saturday at the Airport Mall on Union Street.
“To get the drugs off the streets is our main goal here — out of the hands of individuals who shouldn’t have them,” said Bangor police Officer Daniel Gastia, the department’s community services officer.
The Drug Take Back is 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. Additionally on Friday, a free shredding truck will be on site for people to dispose of old bills or files at no cost.
Bangor residents can also drop off unwanted drugs at the police station.