GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, where agencies across the country collect unused, unwanted and expired medications in an effort to combat abuse.
Law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Association partner up for the nationwide event, which happens twice a year in April and October. The goal is keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands. They are collected and destroyed with no questions asked.
“Even one pill makes a difference,” Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police, said in a statement.
Drop-off locations can be found around the state. Among them are all 30 MSP posts, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Additionally, Saturday will be the first time Take Back Day locations will also accept e-cigarettes and vaping cartridges. Devices containing lithium ion batteries may not be dropped off.
Also not accepted: liquids, inhalers, patches and syringes.
More information on Take Back Day and locations Saturday can be found on the DEA Take Back website.
During the Take Back Day this spring, federal authorities say they collected nearly 23,700 pounds of old medications in Michigan alone. Nationwide, about 12 million pounds of drugs were collected, according to the DEA.
Flushing unused drugs down a toilet or throwing them in the trash can be hazardous. If you are unable to participate in Take Back Day, you can bring prescription medications to any MSP post Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can also look for disposal sites near you through Kent County’s SafeMeds initiative or the DEA’s website.
More information on the opioid epidemic and prevention can be found on Michigan.gov.