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Unity Barn Raisers (UBR) is partnering with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department and Waldo County Triad to host a Drug Take Back Event on Friday, October 28th from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Unity Community Center on 32 School Street in Unity.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
A study by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, shows that 2,500 American children get high for the first time using drugs from friends and family members, often coming from unused or expired prescription bottles at the home of their parents, grandparents, or other relatives.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and over 4,200 of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines, about 447 tons, at 5,350 sites spread across all 50 states, beating its previous high of 390 tons in the spring of 2014. The total law enforcement participation in Maine was 132 agencies at 155 collection sites, collecting a total of 31,960 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription drugs.
According to the April 2016 Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Control Program report, more Americans turned in unused prescription drugs during last year’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day than on any of the previous ten events since it began in 2010.
Waldo County Triad is an all-volunteer partnership of law enforcement, community organizations and citizens dedicated to improving the safety and reduce victimization of older adults.
Unity Barn Raisers works pro-actively to enhance small-town character and rural environment, while nurturing a thriving community-based economy. UBR believes that a community working together can shape their future and in so doing, significantly advance the quality of life of its people, both now and for generations to come. For more information contact Mary at 948-9005 or programs@unitybarnraisers.org.