Drop your prescription drugs off with no questions asked at these locations

Friday, 27 Oct, 2017

This event will give the public an opportunity to dispose of any unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Police officers will collect the drugs, which will remain in the custody of law enforcement officers until they can be incinerated.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local agencies, which host events across the country to collect potentially unsafe expired, unused or unwanted medications so they can be disposed of safely. The event will take place in the parking lot at West Park Mall close to Steak n Shake, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Beaver Dam has a 24-hour drug drop-off box in its lobby located at 123 Park Ave. The service is free and anonymous - no questions asked. No sharps, liquids or syringes can be accepted at the drop-off location.

The Juenau Police Department states that people can dispose of prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.

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"Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse", Georgetown County Sheriff's spokesman Jason Lesley said.

If you have unused prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, you can take them back to Michigan State Police posts, Spectrum Health or Mercy Health, and a number of local police agencies including Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Holland and Muskegon Heights, among other locations.

The take-back programs help reduce childhood overdoses, restrict household drug theft, limit the accumulation of drugs by the elderly, protect our physical environment, reduce pharmaceutical contamination of fresh water and eliminate waste.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with local law enforcement in the Pacific Northwest to have a drug take-back day on Saturday. The DEA says so far the events have resulted in more than 8.1 million pounds of pills being turned in. Start going through your cabinets now.