Drug Take-Back Day aimed at fighting opioid crisis
30 April, 2018, 12:01 | Author: Angelica Greene
"The pills or any types of prescription drugs that are sitting around the home and they get into the wrong hands", said Patrolman Kendric Baker.
Many local law enforcement agencies took part. It was one of several locations throughout the Portland area for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The DEA said the home medicine cabinet is a target of prescription drug abusers, and Saturday is not only helps dispose of those potential dangers, but it also helps to address the opioid crisis in America. Some have year-round drug disposal boxes for residents.
"They are even turning in pet medications", said Leslie Knight, a Maine Medical Center registered nurse who was there with about a half-dozen of her nursing colleagues.
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The Take-Back programs are created to help people get rid of unused drugs that could be misused or abused by others.
Every year the program has grown.
The courthouse drop-off location collected almost 300 pounds of discarded drugs today in the Diamond City.
Deputy Jason Vogel with the Brown County Sheriff's Office collected unwanted pills in the Allouez site, the site collected more than 115 pounds of pills on Saturday.
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On Saturday from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. they set up drop off sites for people to take their unwanted or expired prescription drugs, no questions asked.
"Who wants extra drugs around the house anyways?"
"It's something that will come and take over your life and when it does it's not just the drug that keeps you using, it's the shame that's wrapped up when you're using as well", says Bellan.
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