LANSING, Mich. —
According to a national survey on drug use and health, more than 11 million people misused prescription pain relievers in 2017.
Many got them from a friend or relative.
Experts say the best thing to do is to get rid of the medication once you no longer need it, but safely.
The Michigan State Police (MSP) is asking residents to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted pills during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, one of two annual events held in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies.
MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day ‘Take-Back’ effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, by serving as drop-off points. All collected pills will be destroyed, with no questions asked. Liquids, inhalers, patches, and syringes cannot be accepted.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year, in April and October. During the October 2018 effort, MSP posts collected nearly 950 pounds of prescription drugs.
Additional collection sites across the state can be found by going to the DEA's website.
Anyone who is unable to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their prescription drugs at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.
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