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Prescription drug take-back day this Saturday

This Saturday, April 30, the Michigan State Police (MSP) will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to provide a venue for citizens to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

MSP’s 29 posts will participate in the one-day “Take-Back” effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, by serving as drop-off points for Michiganders to discard expired, unused and unwanted medications for destruction. No liquids, inhalers, patches, or syringes will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director of the MSP. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in Michigan and across the nation are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

MSP collection sites in the Post reading area include:

The Rockford Post, 345 Northland Drive, Rockford, MI 49341. This post covers Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa Counties.

The Lakeview Post, 10300 Howard City-Edmore Road, Lakeview, MI 48850.

This post covers Gratiot, Ionia, and Montcalm Counties.

The Hart Post, 3793 W. Polk Road, Hart, MI 49420. This post covers Lake, Mason, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties.

Additional collection sites across the state can be found by going

to www.dea.gov.

Citizens who are not able to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their prescription drugs at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

Prescription drugs can also be disposed of at Cedar Springs City Hall, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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