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Fort Fairfield Police Installs Drug Disposal Unit

April 29 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an opportunity for folks to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of unwanted medications in a safe, environmentally responsible manner.

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Fort Fairfield Chamber

The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency sponsors the program, manning thousands of locations nationwide where people can take back any and all unwanted medications and get rid of them no questions asked.  But residents of Fort Fairfield, and those in surrounding communities, don’t have to wait for a special event, held twice a year, to dispose of their medications thanks to the generosity of Rite Aid Corporation’s KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program.

“We have always accepted medications from residents throughout the year rather than twice a year during the Drug Take Back days,” explained Fort Fairfield Police Chief Shawn Newell.  “We don’t want these medications falling into the wrong hands – either those of young children attracted by their bright colors and candy-like appearance, or those who abuse prescription medications.”

The KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program is designed to help local communities ensure that families can safely dispose of expired or unwanted medications.  KidCents provided a medication disposal unit, free of charge, to the Fort Fairfield Police Department that will allow residents to drop-off unwanted or expired medications in a secure, safe location without having to wait for an officer to be present in the office.

The new medication disposal unit is located near another valuable community asset, a sharps disposal unit that accepts used needles.  That unit was provided by Cary Medical Center and is a safe way to properly dispose of used and unwanted needles that helps ensure the medical waste doesn’t prick another person and is disposed of in a safe way.

For more information, please contact Police Chief Shawn Newell at 472-3808 or or Tim Goff, Marketing and Economic Development Director at 472-3802 or

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