National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Drug Enforcement Agency hosts the annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day for the safe disposal of expired, unwanted and unused medications. Find a Michigan collection site near you.
Drug addiction is a serious national epidemic. Each year more than 72,000 Americans die from drug overdose. From 2002-2017, the number of overdose deaths from opioid drugs increased more than 4-fold (NIDA). In Michigan, more than 2,600 died in 2017 from drug overdose. Overdose death in Michigan is higher than traffic and firearm deaths, combined (MLive). Abuse of opioid street drugs, like heroin, often begin with use and misuse of prescription opioid pain killers. Safe disposal of unused medications is one step to prevent misuse of prescription medication and drug addiction.
To dispose of any unwanted medications, follow these three simple steps (Big Red Barrel):
- Locate a disposal site near you.
- Place the bottle in a resealable plastic baggie. Remove your personal information from the label.
- Dispose at the collection site.
For liquid medication:
- Place paper towels in a resealable plastic baggie and dump the liquid onto the paper towels. Be sure all liquid is absorbed by the paper towels.
- Seal the baggie and discard the empty bottle. Be sure to remove your personal information from the bottle.
- Place the sealed baggie in the collection barrel.
Southeast Michigan Disposal Sites:
Livingston County: Big Red Barrel,
Macomb County : Macomb County Sheriff Department and local police departments are participating.
Monroe County: Village of Dundee, Michigan State Police, and Milan Police Department are participating.