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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 30

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day promotion showing pills in a toiletLaw enforcement agencies from across Michigan and throughout the nation will help residents dispose of unwanted medications responsibly during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30.  The Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take Back Day provides an opportunity for safe, responsible disposal of unneeded prescription medications.  The DEA Take Back event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide, including for the first time, drop boxes at Veterans Administration medical centers.

In October last year, the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country, as part of its ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Since its inception, the program has removed more than 15.2 million pounds of medication from circulation.

Participation in take back programs, as well as continuous disposal of unused medications, helps prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.  In addition, ensuring that collected medications are properly destroyed can keep them from entering our lakes, rivers, and streams.

It is also possible to take action throughout the year by identifying collection options across the state using Michigan's Drug Take Back Map. Simply enter a ZIP code to find collection locations.

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  • Participating law enforcement agencies in Michigan will only accept pills and empty vape cartridges if the batteries have been removed from devices.
  • Medications from physicians, veterinarians, hospitals, long-term care facilities, or pharmacies and vapes from retailers will not be accepted.
  • Participating law enforcement agencies will not accept any of the following:
    • Liquid medications.
    • Vitamin/supplements or personal care products, like hand sanitizers, shampoos, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc.
    • Needles/sharps or bio-hazardous materials containing blood and/or body fluids
    • Recreational or prescribed marijuana or marijuana products
    • Illegal drugs, like methamphetamines.