State police participate in Drug Take-Back Day

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day ‘Take-Back’ effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, by serving as drop-off points for Michiganians to discard expired, unused and unwanted pills, which will be destroyed. 

No liquids, inhalers, patches or syringes will be accepted.

Local posts will include:

• Metro North Post, 14350 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park, 248-584-5740.

• Metro South Post,  12111 Telegraph Rd., Taylor, 734-287-5000.

“This is an excellent opportunity to take a look at the medicines that have collected in your medicine cabinet and properly dispose of something that could potentially be dangerous,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. 

Etue said opioid abuse “is a serious public health and public safety issue here in Michigan and nationwide.”

“We will do whatever we can to help decrease all too common prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses,” she said.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year. 

During the one-day effort in April, MSP posts collected 597 pounds of prescription drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, according to authorities, 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.

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.