Prescription painkillers play a major role in creating today’s opioid epidemic in Maine. You can help by using Maine’s Drug Take Back program to get rid of unwanted or unused medications.
Disposing of Unwanted Prescriptions
Proper disposal is very important for those who no longer wish to use their leftover prescription drugs. NEVER flush medications down the drain, which can contaminate Maine’s water supply. Don’t throw them away in home or workplace trash, either, as they may end up being found.
The best way to get rid of leftover prescription drugs is to drop them off at one of many drug take back locations in Maine. Prescriptions that contain narcotics can often be taken to your local police department—contact them to be sure. Also, certain pharmacies will take prescriptions that are unused.
Looking to Find a Drug Take Back Location Near You? Use this map to get you started.
YES: Items You Can Take Back
NO: Items You Can Not Take Back
What Can I Do With Items I Can Not Take Back?
You can still get rid of many items not allowed as part of Maine’s Drug Take Back program. Needles, thermometers, infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide and beauty products can all be handled by the Maine Environmental Depot in Lewiston, Maine. Check with your local police department to learn how to best get rid of controlled substances.
If you’ve decided you need help, there are places you can turn. Enter your zip code below.
When you first call 2-1-1, pressing ‘1’ brings you to the opioid hotline. Your call is answered by an opioid specialist who will help to connect you with the right provider who can provide sufficient help. If a provider is unavailable, a referral will be given based on your zip code.
Any questions you have will be answered to the best of the specialist’s abilities. You will receive encouragement and support to help you get your loved one the treatment they deserve.
Mainers can now text their zip code to “898-211” (TXT-211) and automatically connect with a Maine-based Information Specialist. The Specialist will ask the person texting what services they are looking for and provide them referrals through text in the area you live.
All communication with 2-1-1 is free and confidential.