BANGOR — The annual National Drug Take-Back day in Bangor has been extended to two days this year and it starts Friday.
The Penobscot County Sheriff’s office will be set up at the Union Street Hannaford grocery store parking lot.
People can drop off their unused or outdated drugs starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.
On Saturday, the drop-off runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“It’s very beneficial because it helps us to get the unwanted and unused prescriptions out of homes. It also helps preventing these drugs from going into the water, the landfills. These drugs, once collected, are taken and properly disposed of,” said Chief Deputy Bill Birch of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.
Over the years, Maine has collected tons of unwanted drugs, all to prevent them from getting into the hands of children or drug users, many who say they started using after getting prescription drugs from family or friends.
The Penobscot County Triad and Records Management also will hold a shredding event on the same days. Shredding will take place 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.