by Elisa Hawkes
Coastal Journal staff
Bi-annual collections of expired and extra prescription medication have been well received by the public, according to Sheriff Joel Merry of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Department, so well that the local Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force decided to expand the program. Five new medication collection drop boxes opened on February 14 at the Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Department and at the Bath, Brunswick, Richmond, and Topsham Police Departments.
Prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples, pet medications, ointments, lotions, liquid medication in glass or leak-proof containers, and inhalers will be accepted. Identifying information such as name, address and prescription number can be blocked out at the discretion of the depositor. There are some items that will not be accepted, including needles or "sharps" of any kind, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, and aerosol cans. Long-term care facilities, clinics and businesses must contact their local law enforcement agencies for disposal assistance, and should not use the drop boxes.