Groups take back prescription drugs in Maine

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Maine is participating in a national day to collect unused prescription medication including commonly abused narcotic painkillers.

Nonprofit organizations and state departments are partnering to collect prescription medication in locations throughout Maine on National Turn-In Day on April 26.

In recent years, Maine has topped the nation in the number of pills collected per person through twice annual take-back events.

A spokeswoman for the Waldo County branch of Healthy Maine Partnerships says the commonly abused medications are often taken from elderly citizens who do not know what to do with excess pills.

Some of the prescriptions are powerful opioid painkillers that enforcement officials have said are part of a national drug epidemic.

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