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National Drug Take Back Day

Posted at 12:39 PM, Apr 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-27 12:40:40-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich –  Today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. citizens around the country will have the opportunity to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Medicines that have sat in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Also, Americans’ usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills

DEA-sponsored collection sites (which can accept controlled substances) that will be open on April 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. include:

St. Mary’s Health Care Wege Building, 300 Lafayette Ave., Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Police Department, 1 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids

Wyoming Police Department, 2300 DeHoop Ave. SW, Wyoming

Metro Health Hospital, 5900 Byron Center Ave., Wyoming

Holland District Court, 89 W. 8th Street, Holland

Muskegon Central Fire Station, 770 Terrace St, Muskegon

Lakeview MSP Post, 10300 Howard City- Edmore Rd., Lakeview

Kentwood Police Department, 4742 Walma Ave SE, Kentwood