Law enforcement agencies across the state will be collecting unwanted and expired medications Saturday for Drug Take Back Day.

It's part of a national endeavor to prevent medications from ending up in unwanted places. Keeping them in your medicine chest means they could end up in the wrong hands, i.e. a friend or family member who uses your bathroom. Throwing them away can have the same result. And flushing medications means that they have the potential for mixing into the water supply.

Police and Sheriff's Departments around Maine will be set up on Saturday to 'Take Back' those medications that you don't want or can't use anymore. The collections will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in several locations, including these:

  • Penobscot County Sheriff's Office - Hannaford at Airport Mall, Union Street, Bangor
  • Maine State Police - Headquarters, 198 Maine Avenue, Bangor
  • Bangor Police - Hannaford, Airport Mall, Bangor (also on Friday from 7 to 5)
  • Orono Police - Bell's IGA Supermarket, 6 Stillwater Avenue, Orono
  • Brewer Police - Box in lobby, 151 Parkway South, Brewer
  • Holden Police - At the station, 570 Main Road, Holden
  • Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office - At the station, 52 Court Street, Dover-Foxcroft
  • Ellsworth Police - Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, 163 High Street (9 to 1)
  • Bar Harbor Police - At the station, 37 Firefly Lane
  • Machias Police - Hannaford Parking Lot, 149 Dublin Street, Machias

To find a drop-off point near you, log onto the National Drug Take Back Day website.