By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2019
In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic that’s affecting nearly all corners of the U.S., Michigan State Police are asking residents to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted pills during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26
“This is something every Michigan resident can do to make sure unused prescription drugs don’t end up in the wrong hands. Even one pill makes a difference,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police. “Take a few moments to check your home and get rid of these medications. Opioid and prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses are real. Help us fight this crisis.”
MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday by serving as drop-off points.
All collected pills will be destroyed, with no questions asked, MSP said.
Liquids, inhalers, patches and syringes cannot be accepted.
To view a list of MSP Posts, visit this link.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year in April and October.
During the April 2019 effort, MSP posts collected 1,184 pounds of prescription drugs, according to MSP.
Anyone who is unable to participate on Saturday can anonymously give their unwanted prescription drugs to any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Additionally, disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose environmental and health hazards.
For more information about opioids and the additional steps residents can take to protect themselves and loved ones, visit michigan.gov/opioids.
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