Resource Library

Program Press Coverage

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

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

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

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

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

Bowen, C. T. (2009, February 27). Prescription drugs need better controls. St. Petersburg Times.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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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