National Prescription Drug Take Back Day happening this weekend

NEGAUNEE — April 27th, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and the Michigan State Police are encouraging the community to get rid of unwanted prescription medication.

This initiative helps remove high amounts of opioids and other medicines from homes, where they are vulnerable to misuse, theft or abuse by family members and visitors, including children and teens.

MSP says by doing this small task it’s helping the community with the opiod problem in the Upper Peninsula.

“It’s something we can do, it’s small for our community to actually go through those pills and make sure they are here in a safe place. It also brings awareness to the problems, so that parents know what to look for in their homes. So their children won’t get addicted to pain pills or medication,” said Stacey Rasanen, Trooper.

All of the Michigan State Police posts in the Upper Peninsula will be participating, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All collected pills will be destroyed, with no questions asked.

Liquids, inhalers, patches and syringes will not be accepted.