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Maine's Annual Drug 'Take-Back' Kicks off in Bangor Friday

BANGOR, Maine - The Penobscot County Sheriff's Department is extending its annual drug take-back to two days, starting Friday, to allow more people to get rid of potentially harmful medications.

Chief Deputy William Sheehan says unused prescription drugs in the house can be unsafe for kids, and make people a target for burglaries. But he says it's not OK to simply dump them.

"We don't want to people to flush them down their toilets because it does get into the water system," Sheehan says, "and some of those meds are not able to be filtered out."

Authorities will be set up to take back the medications at the Airport Mall in Bangor all day Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The take-back will continue on Saturday, when most police departments around the state plan to hold drug take-back events as well.

Bangor's event on Friday will also feature a shredding event from 8 a.m. to noon, where people can tote in any sensitive papers and documents that need safe disposal, in an effort to crack down on identity theft.