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Steeves, H. (2011, December 2). Maine ranks No. 1 in drug take backs per capita, again. Bangor Daily News. Available online at

Crossroads. (2011, November 9). Maine Tops States for Unwanted Prescription Drug Collection. Available online at

UW Cooperative Extension. (2011, September 13). “Get the Meds Out” mail-back aims to protect Great Lakes, prevent drug abuse. News from Cooperative Extension. Available online at:

Living Lake Country. (2011, September 8). Get the medications out: new option for med disposal. Living Lake Country. Available online at

Senator Susan Collins. (2011, May 4). Sen. Collins: The safe disposal of prescription drugs. Available online at

Ashland Current. (2011, April 4). ‘Get The Meds Out’ Program Starts This Spring. Ashland Current. Available online at:

Stranahan, S.Q. (2009, February 27). Drugs in Our Drinking Water: What do we do with unused medicines? AARP Bulletin Today. Available online at:

Bowen, C. T. (2009, February 27). Prescription drugs need better controls. St. Petersburg Times. Available online at: (PDF)

Huang, J. (2008, December 29). Maine program offers mail-in option for unused drugs. Maine Public Broadcasting Network, available online at (PDF)

Richardson, J. (2008, December 29). Maine pilots eco-friendly way to dispose of drugs; Backers, who say it will prevent abuse, want drug makers to pay the cost. Portland Press Herald, available online at: (PDF)

Staples, B. (2008, November 3). Agencies to assist with safe medicine disposal. Village Soup-Waldo County, available online at (PDF)

Broderick, R. (September 2008). Waste not: Managing Minnesota’s hazardous medical waste is a complicated task, Minnesota Medicine, available online at

Maguire, J. (2008, August 6). Drug Disposal Dilemma. Lincoln County News, available online at

Chaitman, S. (2008, July 9). MWRD eyes study on drugs in water., Chi Town Daily News, available online at

Kocian, L. (2008, June 15). Getting rid of what the doctor ordered: Proper disposal of unwanted medications is daunting, costly. Boston Globe, available online at

Dangers of unused drugs getting more attention in Maine. (2008, June 12). Portland Press Herald, available online at

Huang, J. (2008, June 7). Mainers get more ways to discard unwanted pills. Portland Press Herald, available online at

Dolloff, A. (2008, June 5). Maine leading nation in Rx drug mail-back. Bangor Daily News, available online at

Peckenham, J. (2008, March 20) On a mission for safe water. The Bangor Daily News, available at:

Richardson, J. (2008, March 14) Disposing of drugs: Help is on the way. The Portland Press Herald, available at:

Donn, J., Mendoza, M., & Pritchard, J. (2008, March 11) Little done to test, limit contaminated water. USA Today, available at:

Community Medical Foundation for Patient Safety (2008, March 4) Forty Percent of prescription medicines are thrown away—It is time to check your medicine cabinet and think about safe medication practice. Press Release.

MSNBC. (2007, November 5). Mix leftover meds with kitty litter: Experts say icky disposal method safer for kids and environment.

Hayward, M. (2007, October 4) Cleaning up the right way: UM research reduces water pollution from discarded pills. The Maine Campus, available at:

Safe Return. (September-October edition) UMaine Today, p. 28.

Miller, K. (2007, September 27). New Program Aims to Stop Pill Pollution. Bangor Daily News, available online at:

Booth, G.C. (August 2007). Unused Drugs in Maine to be Mailed, Incinerated. Raymond Communications’ Recycling Policy News, available online at:

Fredrix, E. (2007, July 30). Pharmaceutical disposal companies turn unwanted, outdated drugs into power. Milwaukee Associated Press, available online at

Program Press Release April 26, 2007

Safe Medicine Disposal For Me Publications

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