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Prescription drug collection Saturday

September 28, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - People can drop off expired, unwanted or unused prescriptions at local law enforcement offices on Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Michigan State Police Calumet Post and Houghton County Sheriff's Office will participate in the national event, put on by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

This is the fifth year the Calumet Post has participated in the program, said Sgt. Jason Wickstrom. The event usually draws more than 50 people to the post, Wickstrom said.

"It's been very successful," he said. "It's a very good program."

When the drugs are dropped off, they're taken to Marquette and are eventually delivered to the DEA for the final disposal.

The national day was instituted to combat the rising amount of prescprtion drug abuse. According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, prescription drugs are abused more in the U.S. than cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined.

Because of that, reducing the supply of such items makes a difference, Wickstrom said.

"The most important part is, there's prescription drugs that aren't being used anymore, and we don't want those to fall into the wrong hands, whether it's an abuser or more importantly, a child living in the house or that might come into the house on occasion," he said.



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