Oakland, Macomb Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Sep 23, 2015 Issues: AntiDrug

ROSEVILLE – Rep. Sandy Levin today announced community partners for the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, occurring on September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community members can drop off their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at one of the many participating sites in Oakland and Macomb counties.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and health issue by provide an opportunity for community members to safety dispose of prescription drugs. Medicines that stay in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse and rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. has grown in recent years. The usual method of disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – can pose potential safety and health hazards.

“Our local community anti-drug coalitions do an effective job during the year and on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to educate residents about the dangers of prescription drug abuse,” said Rep. Levin. “Properly disposing of unused and expired medicines ensures that they won’t fall into the wrong hands, nor will they pose any harm to the environment. I commend the hard work of our local coalitions, and thank them for their efforts. ”

Last September, Americans nationwide turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.