The state police’s 29 posts will participate in the one-day effort between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. by serving as drop-off points for citizens to discard expired, unused and unwanted medications for destruction. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
“We encourage citizens to take advantage of the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the state police. “Take Back Day helps prevent potential dangers that the misuse of these drugs can cause.”
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, officials said. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
State police collection sites in West Michigan include the following:
— Wayland Post, 544 N. Main St. Phone: 269-792-2213.
— Rockford Post, 345 Northland Drive N.E. Phone: 616-866-4411
— Hart Post, 3793 W. Polk Road. Phone: 231-873-2171
Additional collection sites across the state can be found online at www.dea.gov.