The Michigan State Police will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other local law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to provide a venue for citizens who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
MSP’s 29 posts will participate in the one-day ‘Take Back’ effort between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, by serving as drop-off points for citizens to discard expired, unused and unwanted medications for destruction. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
“We encourage citizens to take advantage of the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Take Back Day helps prevent potential dangers that the misuse of these drugs can cause.”
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
Many community police departments, including the Marquette P-D will serve as a collection site in addition to the following MSP sites:
Chippewa County-Sault Ste. Marie Post
3900 I-75 BR
Sault Sainte Marie, 49783
Delta County-Gladstone Post
922 Lake Shore Drive
Dickinson County-Iron Mountain Post
1916 North Stephenson
Iron Mountain, 49801
Gogebic County-Wakefield Post
100 Sunday Lake Street
Houghton County-Calumet Post
55195 North US Highway 41
Mackinac County-Saint Ignace Post
St. Ignace, 49781
Marquette County-Negaunee Post
180 US-41 East