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Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Release Date: 06/16/2014

Blue Hill - A Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is taking place on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Women’s Wellness Fair in Blue Hill. The Fair will be held at the Bay School, located on 17 Bay School Drive.

“Community members, patients, and employees have expressed interest in Blue Hill Memorial Hospital providing safe prescription drug disposal,” stated Kelley Columber, Community Relations Manager at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. “We are excited to partner with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Healthy Acadia to address this important need in our communities.”

The Take-Back Event is a collaborative effort between Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and Healthy Acadia.  Community members are encouraged to bring any unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs for this free, anonymous service to the entrance of the school where a representative from the Sheriff’s Office will be stationed for collection during the event.

“The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to properly and safely dispose of excess medication to help decrease the potential for thievery, accidental poisoning or overdose, as well as increasing education around misuse and abuse of prescription drugs,” stated Chief Deputy Richard Bishop with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

“Prescription drug misuse and abuse can have devastating, lasting effects on individuals, families, and the broader community, including the environment, particularly water supplies and soil,” said Elizabeth Lyles, a Community Health Coordinator with Healthy Acadia. “As a result, Healthy Acadia has made the prevention of prescription drug abuse and safe disposal a priority in our efforts to build healthier communities across Hancock County.”

For additional disposal opportunities, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Bar Harbor, Bucksport, and Southwest Harbor Police Departments all have prescription drug drop boxes located in their lobbies. The drop boxes are accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Please do not drop off needles, epinephrine pens, or liquids. For further disposal efforts contact Elizabeth Lyles at 667-7171 or elizabeth@healthyacadia.org.

For additional information about Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, or Healthy Acadia, please visit their websites at www.bhmh.org, http://co.hancock.me.us/site/index.php/county-departments/sheriff-s-department, or www.healthyacadia.org, respectively.

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