The Michigan State Police today announced that 693.7 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at MSP posts across the state on the semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, held Saturday, April 28.
And that does not include the 81 pounds taken to the DEA by the City of Cedar Springs, half of which was collected on that same Saturday.
Cedar Springs Police, the MSP and other local law enforcement agencies partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the Drug Take Back Day to provide a venue for citizens to dispose of expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
Cedar Springs has a drop box inside City Hall, for people to drop off their prescription drugs anytime during normal business hours. They also put it outside for Drug Take Back Day, while they were doing the city surplus auction.
“That’s 81 POUNDS that will not be flushed into our wastewater treatment system or into a septic tank or fall into the wrong hands,” said Cedar Springs City Manager Christine Burns, on the city’s Facebook page. “Consider how much 1 pill weighs and then imagine how many it takes to make up 81 POUNDS. Keep dropping off your meds and we will keep them out of the environment.”