All 29 State Police Posts Now Serve as Locations to Discard Expired or Unused Prescription Drugs

Contact: Ms. Tiffany Brown, MSP Public Affairs Section, 517-241-0970

September 18, 2015

With prescription drug abuse on the rise, the Michigan State Police (MSP) wants Michiganders to know there are several ways to safely and anonymously dispose of expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs.

Thanks to the Livingston County Community Alliance and their Red Barrel program, all 29 MSP posts across the state now serve as collection points for prescription drugs.  Medications can be surrendered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., excluding holidays.  No appointment is needed. Liquids, inhalers, patches or syringes are not accepted. 

“It is important for residents to have a safe and confidential way to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs so they don't end up in the hands of children or addicts," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP.  “Prescription drug overdoses now surpass motor vehicle traffic crashes as the leading cause of injury-related death for Americans between the ages of 25 and 64, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I appreciate the Livingston County Community Alliance’s leadership and support in this area and we’re pleased to partner with them on this effort.”

Given the dangers presented by the misuse of prescription drugs, many organizations are pushing to educate citizens on the potential hazards of misuse and provide opportunities to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medications. Two upcoming community events include the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Pharmacists Association’s annual household medication disposal event that takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the State Capitol.  Visit www.MichiganPharmacists.org/medicationdisposal for more details.

This event is followed by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., all 29 MSP posts, as well as many other local agencies and organizations will be open to accept unwanted prescription drugs.  The service is free and anonymous.  Liquids, inhalers, patches or syringes will not be accepted.  For collection locations, visit www.dea.gov.

A list of MSP posts can be found by visiting www.michigan.gov/mspposts.  For additional information about the Livingston County Community Alliance, visit www.livingstoncountycommunityalliance.org.