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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 28 


The Michigan State Police (MSP) is again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 

MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day “Take-Back” effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, by serving as drop-off points for Michiganders to discard expired, unused and unwanted pills, which will be destroyed. No liquids, inhalers, patches, or syringes will be accepted. 

“This is an excellent opportunity to take a look at the medicines that have collected in your medicine cabinet and properly dispose of something that could potentially be dangerous,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Opioid abuse is a serious public health and public safety issue here in Michigan and nationwide. We will do whatever we can to help decrease all too common prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses.” 

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year. During the one-day effort in April, MSP posts collected 597 pounds of prescription drugs. 

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Further, disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose safety and health hazards. 

Drop off unwanted medication at any MSP Post. Additional collection sites across the state can be found by going to www.dea.gov. 

Anyone who is unable 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. 

Cedar Springs City Hall also has a bin to dispose of unwanted medications Monday through Thursday, during normal business hours.



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Drug take back day a success

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.”

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