LANSING - The Michigan State Police will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other local law enforcement agencies in the second nationwide prescription drug "Take Back" initiative aimed at collecting potentially dangerous prescription drugs from citizens across the state.
All State Police posts, including Gladstone, Manistique and Stephenson, will participate in the one-day "Take Back" effort between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday 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.
"With the success of the first-ever "Take Back" initiative last year, we believe that the program serves as a valuable resource for citizens," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. "We encourage citizens to again take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs safely, which helps to reduce the potential dangers prescription drug misuse can cause."
More than 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health 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, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.
Local State Police collection sites include:
- Manistique, 401 U.S. Highway 2, Manistique, MI 49854, (906) 341-6218
- Gladstone, 922 Lake Shore Drive, Gladstone, MI 49837, (906) 428-4412
- Stephenson, West 5420 County Road 354, Stephenson, MI 49887, (906) 753-2276.
Additional collection sites across the state can be found by going to www.dea.gov.