Drug Take-Back Day is safe way to dispose drugs
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held throughout the U.P. was a success. The seven Upper Peninsula Michigan State Police (MSP) posts collected 193.86 pounds of prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on Saturday, Oct. 28.
The MSP partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to provide a safe, convenient and responsible venue for disposing of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
All 30 MSP posts participated in the one-day effort collecting a total of 802.06 pounds of prescription drugs.
Anyone who were not able to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their unused and unwanted medications for destruction at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
Unwanted drugs can also be brought to the Escanaba Public Safety Department.
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.