Walgreens drug drop box aimed at curbing opioid crisis

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PLAINFIELD, Mich. (WOOD) — A new tool to fight the opioid epidemic is now available at Walgreens.

Stores statewide are now hosting state disposal boxes collecting unused prescription drugs, including opioids.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette joined law enforcement and pharmaceutical representatives at a Plainfield Township Walgreens Tuesday to showcase the drop box. The locked container can only be opened using a two-key system, and only one of those keys is in the store.

Schuette says unused drugs is one way the opioid crisis spreads.

“Well it might be somebody was over prescribed, a pill mill doc, an unscrupulous doc over-prescribing. It could be someone who steal drugs from grandma’s medicine cabinet or another family member or neighbor or friend. Then once you get hooked, these merchants of death called heroin dealers cheapen the sadly plentiful supply, then you get hooked and they sell you heroin,” he elaborated.

The drug disposal kiosks are available in about 30 Walgreens stores currently. Schuette is hopeful other pharmacies will follow suit.

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