Medication take-back/shredding event on April 30

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Do you have medicines you no longer want or personal files that you want to dispose of properly? Good news: you can bring them to the Drug Takeback/Shred event on Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Livermore Falls Police Department, 2 Main St., Livermore Falls. The event will offer free disposal of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications and a drive-through operation where area residents can securely shred and recycle sensitive personal information such as tax returns, bank statements and medical records.

Medications accepted: Expired or unwanted prescriptions, vitamins, veterinary drugs, homeopathic treatments and over-the-counter medications. If possible, medicines should be brought in their original packaging so that they can be identified.

Records accepted: tax forms, bank statements/loan forms, insurance records and medical records.

What not to bring: mercury thermometers, needles or syringes, electronic equipment or digital storage devices such as hard drives, CDs or USB keys.

Proper disposal of medications and records not only protects the environment, but also prevents youth drug abuse and protects individuals from drug theft. Painkillers like morphine or codeine and stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall are of particular concern for young people. Experts say there are simply too many drugs floating around in people’s homes, indicating that people don’t know how to dispose of them safely. Recent research shows that wildlife show signs of exposure to pharmaceuticals.

Additionally, personal identity theft is on the rise. In 2020, Maine residents reported 7,183 different incidents of identity theft, the ninth highest rate of identity theft per capita in the United States.

This event is coordinated by the Livermore Falls Police Department, Records Management Center and Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments.

For more information, contact: Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments at 783-9186, www.avcog.org.

Yvette Meunier

Auburn


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