Get rid of dangerous, unwanted medications during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 29

Do you have unwanted, unused or expired prescription medication you want to get rid of? The Drug Enforcement Agency is sponsoring National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are nearly 170 collection sites in Michigan alone. To find the collection location closest to you, please visit the DEA website for more information.

In April, more than 276 tons of unneeded prescription drugs were turned in throughout the U.S. and its territories, nearly 100 tons more than what was collected at the same event in the fall of 2011. All in all, more than 1.5 million pounds of medications have been safely and securely disposed of at four take-back days so far.

Aside from providing an environmentally friendly and safe way to get rid of unneeded medications, removing drugs from your medicine cabinet helps keep them out of the hands of your loved ones. According to the National Institute of Health, “in 2009, 16 million Americans age 12 and older had taken a prescription pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant, or sedative for nonmedical purposes at least once in the year prior to being surveyed.”

Prescription drug abuse often morphs into heroin addiction. The Detroit News recently ran an article describing how the tough economy influences prescription drug abuse and what addiction can lead to during tough economic times. This fact is echoed throughout the stories found on the website of Families Against Narcotics, a Michigan-based organization that advocates for the appropriate use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs.

Take advantage of this no-questions-asked opportunity to dispose of unneeded drugs in a safe and environmentally sound manner. Visit the DEA website today to learn more about what you can do to keep ourselves, our children and our communities safe.

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