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 clicking here .
MSP collection sites include the following:
Alcona County Alpena County Montmorency County Oscoda County Presque Isle County
Alpena Post 3283 West Washington Alpena, 49707 (989) 354-4101
Chippewa County Luce County
Sault Ste. Marie Post 3900 I-75 BR Sault Sainte Marie, 49783 (906) 632-2217
Clare County Isabella County Mecosta County Osceola County
Mount Pleasant Post 3580 South Isabella Road Mt. Pleasant, 48858 (989) 773-5951
Mackinac County Schoolcraft County
Saint Ignace Post N430 I-75 St. Ignace, 49781 (906) 643-7582
Lake County Mason County Newaygo County Oceana County
Hart Post 3793 West Polk Road Hart, 49420 (231) 873-2171
Antrim County Charlevoix County Cheboygan County Emmet County Otsego County
Gaylord Post 563 South Otsego Gaylord, 49735 (989) 732-2778
Crawford County Kalkaska County Missaukee County Roscommon County
Houghton Lake Post 9011 West Lake City Road Houghton Lake, 48629 (989) 422-5103
Benzie County Grand Traverse County Leelanau County Manistee County Wexford County
Cadillac Post 7711 South US-131 Cadillac, 49601 (231) 779-6040