Calais PD's Drug Take-Back Day Proves Successful

By Jayna Smith

Last Saturday the Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was held at various locations across the state.  This initiative aims at providing a safe, convenient, and responsible means of the disposal of prescription drugs, without harming the environment.  Over-the-counter drugs were also accepted.

The take-back day allows people the opportunity to safely dispose of any expired or unwanted medications they may possess.  Ridding medicine cabinets of such items helps to prevent accidental poisonings or even diversion, misuse, and abuse. 

At Calais Police Department, four large boxes and one 30-gallon bag were filled with unwanted drugs gathered during its Drug Take-Back Day event.  All were then collected for disposal by deputies of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.  This disposal is completed without any harm to the environment.


Other agencies in the area taking part in the Drug Take-Back Day were Baileyville, Eastport, and Indian Township Police Departments.  In Calais, a permanent medicine drop-off box is available at the parking lot entrance to Calais Police Department.  This box is available all year long, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It is administered by the police department and does not accept needles and other such sharps.