NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WJMN) – National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on Saturday 24th.
The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that “9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives.”
Many of the drugs being misued came from the homes of friends and family.
To combat this the DEA invites families to search through their homes to find any old or unused medicine and take them to a nearby collection site.
DEA Supervisory Special Agent Joseph Dixon stated, “We know that prescription medications a lot of times can lead to other catastrophic doors that we don’t want open. Meaning that if we have family and friends who take part in using those in a manner that is not safe so we take this very seriously.”
Returning old drugs should be a routine for households. Dixon said it’s like “changing batteries in a smoke detector, we all know we should do that. We all have that conversation with family members, saying, “Hey we should do that.” So take back gives us time to have that same conversation with our family and friends. Saying “hey, you know what, these are unused and these are expired. We should safely expose of them.””
Last year over 4,000 local law enforcement departments participated and there were 492.7 tons of medication collected.
Local sites include the Marquette, Chocolay, Negaunee, Forsyth Township, Ishpeming, and Michigan State Police Departments from 10am to 2pm.
Supervisory Special Agent said, “We are a department that always has the ability to take in those type of drugs, at any time we do have a receptacle at our department so at any time people can stop by and dispose of their unused unwanted medication.”
You can return prescription drugs throughout the year at verified collection sites. Here is a link to where you can search for the authorized drug collection sites.
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