April Drug Take Back Project Results

Drug Take Back Project



On April 26th the Falmouth Police Department participated in the prescription drug take back initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This is an annual program that provides an opportunity for citizens to properly dispose of old and unwanted prescription drugs that may be in their homes. Once collected the drugs are turned over to the DEA who transports the drugs to a secure out of state facility where they are incinerated.


A little known statistic is that Maine has consistently been the #1 state in the nation for amount collected per capita, a title we will hold again this year. In 2013 police departments in Maine collected 22,260 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs. A staggering amount of drugs that was surpassed by the 27,040 pounds collected this year. The total amount of drugs collected in the eight collections in Maine is now at 133,660 pounds. In Falmouth this year we collected 172 pounds.


We would like to thank the citizens who took the time to come to the police department to appropriately dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs. We will be hosting another drug take back day in the fall. The date and times will be announced later this summer.