Schuette Encourages Participation in National Drug Take Back Day

Contact: Andrea Bitely 517-373-8060

September 25, 2015

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today encouraged citizens across the state to participate in the 10th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This initiative is designed to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs, with previous events collecting more than 4 million pounds of drugs.

"With drug overdose deaths tripling since 1990, prescription drug abuse is a public health epidemic and we must work to curb this problem,” said Schuette. “Kids who abuse prescription drugs often obtain them straight from the medicine cabinet. This Take Back event is a simple way to help protect our children and work toward a safer, better and healthier Michigan.”

Michigan is taking steps to address the growing prescription drug and opioid problem with the creation of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, with Schuette chairing the subcommittee on Regulation, Enforcement, and Policy.

To discard medication residents should visit one of nearly 200 statewide safe disposal sites. The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.  Participating locations are listed on the U.S. Justice Department's website: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

In addition, all Michigan State Police posts now serve as safe disposal sites for these unused medications Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Disposal sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.  They may only receive pills and/or patches. Previous methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose public safety and health hazards.

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