State Police: Check Your Medicine Cabinet and Safely Dispose of Unwanted Meds on Saturday; All 30 MSP Posts to Serve as Medication Disposal Sites

Contact: Ms. Lori Dougovito, MSP Public Affairs Section, 517-284-3223

October 22, 2018

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is urging residents to discard 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.

“Our troopers see daily the devastation caused by opioid and prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police. “Please check your home and get rid of any medications you no longer need.”

MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day ‘Take-Back’ effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 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. 

The State of Michigan is using every available tool to combat the opioid epidemic. To highlight these efforts, Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed this week, Oct. 21-27, as Michigan Opioid Addiction Awareness Week. State agencies are collaborating to advance Michigan’s efforts related to fight this crisis. Efforts include:

  • Providing online resources for patients, health professionals and communities about prevention and treatment of opioid abuse.
  • The Michigan Automated Prescription System provides real-time prescription data and resources to better assess a patient’s risk for substance use disorder.
  • Michigan State Police posts serving as drug take-back sites and providing the Angel Program for individuals struggling with addiction.
  • Many State of Michigan agencies, communities and businesses throughout the state help with proper drug disposal of unwanted medications; and
  • Issuing a standing order in May 2017 to pre-authorize the distribution of naloxone by pharmacists to those at risk of an opioid-related overdose, as well as family members, friends and other persons who may be able to assist a person at risk of overdose. Naloxone is a fast-acting, potentially life-saving medication that reverses opioid overdose.

Opioid Addiction Awareness Week efforts can be followed on social media using the hashtag #MIOpioidsAwareness.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year, in April and October. During the April 2018 effort, MSP posts collected roughly 966 pounds of prescription drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Further, disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose safety and health hazards.

MSP collection sites can be found here. Additional collection sites across the state can be found by going to www.dea.gov.

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.