The Michigan State Police is joining forces with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The day is set aside to give people a chance to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
All 29 Michigan State Police posts will take part in the one-day 'take back' effort from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. No liquids, inhalers, patches, or syringes are to be accepted. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
"Our 29 post across the state will serve as drop-off points allowing citizens a safe and confidential way to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. "The Michigan State Police is pleased to yet again partner with the DEA to prevent pill abuse and theft by helping residents rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs."
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. 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 can be found below.
Additional collection sites across the state can be found by
MSP collection sites include the following:
Presque Isle County
3283 West Washington Alpena, 49707
Sault Ste. Marie Post
3900 I-75 BR
Sault Sainte Marie, 49783
Mount Pleasant Post
3580 South Isabella Road
Mt. Pleasant, 48858
Saint Ignace Post
St. Ignace, 49781
3793 West Polk Road Hart, 49420
563 South Otsego
Houghton Lake Post
9011 West Lake City Road Houghton Lake, 48629
Grand Traverse County
7711 South US-131