2,974 POUNDS!!! That's the total weight of medications collected across Androscoggin County at April 27th's Free Medicine Disposal Day.
Thanks to all who helped make this day such a success!! Shout out to our many volunteers from Bates College, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Maine National Guard, Maine College of Health Professions, and Lewiston Public Schools Superintendent, to our many local law enforcement agencies and host sites Lewiston Police Department, Auburn Police Department, Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office, Mechanic Falls Police Department, Lisbon Police Department, Sabattus Police Department, Livermore Falls Police Department, Turner Fire Department, Town of Poland, and to all of our sponsors Bedard Pharmacy & Medical Supplies, Pediatric Associates of Lewiston, Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, Granite Recovery Centers, Community Credit Union!!
Substance Misuse Prevention
Healthy Androscoggin, in partnership with a community-based substance use task force, works to provide education, training, technical assistance, tools, and resources to prevent and reduce misuse of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs.
Healthy Androscoggin, Project Unite! and other community partners have worked together tirelessly to reduce underage drinking in Androscoggin County. We offer education to parents, students, liquor retailers, and community members on preventing youth alcohol use
Marijuana is NOT harmless. It is an addictive drug that is linked to health and safety issues. Healthy Androscoggin distributes information and provides free training and presentations on marijuana, its impact on youth, and public health. These presentations can be provided to multiple audiences including parents, parent organizations, community leaders, civic organizations, teachers and educational professionals, and many others.
Prescription Drug Misuse
One approach to prevent prescription drug and medicine misuse is to prevent individuals from accessing prescription drugs that have not been prescribed to them. Healthy Androscoggin partners with several community organizations to sponsor a twice annual medicine take-back day. Permanent medicine drop boxes are available year round in seven communities in Androscoggin County and you can dispose of unwanted medicines whenever the appropriate facility is open. Healthy Androscoggin also provides education and tools to safely store and dispose of medications in the home.
Links and Resources
· Healthy Androscoggin YouTube page for instructional and educational videos on a variety of topics
· Substance Use Resource Guide for community resources related to substance use
· Permanent Medicine Disposal Box Locations throughout Androscoggin County
To learn more about any of these programs, ask questions, or access resources, please contact Healthy Androscoggin at 795-5990 or firstname.lastname@example.org