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Maine Medical Center Joins Drug Take Back Effort

Maine Medical Center (MMC) will again serve as a collection site for a federal program to collect and dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs. The National Take Back Initiative, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, provides an opportunity for people to turn in medications for safe disposal.

Maine Medical Center Collection Times and Locations

Friday, April 26, 1 – 5 p.m.

  • Portland Campus,  Parking lot at 141 Chadwick Street, near the hospital's entrance on Bramhall Street

Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Portland Campus,  parking lot at 141 Chadwick Street, near the hospital's entrance on Bramhall Street
  • Scarborough Campus, 100 Campus Drive (US Route One – former Kmart location)

The program is anonymous; no questions or requests for identification will be made. People may dispose of medication in its original container, or by depositing it into an on-site disposal box.

Accepted

  • All solid and liquid pharmaceutical products

Not Accepted

  • Syringes/Needles

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
 
For more information, visit www.dea.gov or call 800-882-9539.

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