FARMINGTON — Area residents are making use of the Franklin County Prescription Drug lockbox located in the lobby of the Farmington Police Station on Franklin Avenue.

Four boxes have been filled since the Drug Take-Back Day in April, Bonnie Pomeroy, department secretary, said.

“We’re getting a lot of expired and unused medications out of homes,” she said.

The four boxes were processed on Wednesday. It amounted to about 40 pounds of pills which will be sent on to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, she said.

Processing should amount to opening prescription bottles and emptying the contents into a tote for the MDEA, she said. 

But the contents must be sorted, as some items they can not accept, she said.

The department would like to remind the public that they cannot accept needles, liquids, patches, creams and suppositories.

They also do not want to take up valuable storage space with empty containers, non-prescription creams, over-the-counter medications and pet medications, she said.

As the department combed through the boxes, they found empty over-the-counter items, things you would normally throw away in your own trash, she said.

There were also expired or unused pet medications, as well as insulin, creams and liquids.

Another Drug Take-Back Day is planned for October. Prescription drugs can anonymously be dropped off in the container at the Farmington Police Station, she said.

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