National Drug Take Back Day Aims to Save Lives

National Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 28 aims to save lives.

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Clear out your unused prescription medications and bring to a Take Back collection site near you

Organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency, today’s Take Back event provides an opportunity for Americans to clear out unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs from their medicine cabinets to protect our communities from drug misuse, addiction, and overdose deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016 – an average of 174 deaths per day. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths (66%) involved a prescription or illicit opioid. “No area of the United States is exempt from this epidemic—we all know a friend, family member, or loved one devastated by opioids,” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D.

If you have unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication, especially prescription pain medication, clean them out and take them back to a Take Back disposal site near you.

There’s a Take Back location near you. Use this Take Back location finder to locate one closest to you. All Take Back locations are open
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018.

If you are unable to participate in the April 28 Take Back event, safe prescription medication disposal sites are available at all 29 Michigan State Police (MSP) posts across the state.  Unwanted prescription medications can be surrendered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., excluding holidays at any MSP post.  No appointment is needed. Liquids, inhalers, patches, and syringes are not accepted. Find a MSP post near you.