Many local law enforcement agencies have prescription drug disposal drop-off boxes at their stations, which are open during typical office hours. (The DEA can not accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Drug Take Back Day is focused on getting unwanted medication, both prescription and over the counter, to proper discarding locations. Nationally, 456 tons (912,305 pounds) were collected.
The DEA had a similar promotion on October 14, where people got rid of 456 tons of prescription drugs across 5,321 collection sites across the nation, according to the agency's website.
Now in eighth year, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation's homes, where they could be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and teens.More news: Thunder Thrashed in Game 3 Loss to the Jazz
More news: Governor Cuomo wants to ban single-use plastic bags
More news: PwC had cleared Facebook's privacy practices in leak period
In 2017 DEA worked with its tribal law enforcement partners to set up 115 collection sites on tribal lands.
A number of local law enforcement agencies will take part in the national movement and take back potentially risky expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs on Saturday.
"With opioid and prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses becoming all too common, I strongly urge Michiganders to use this opportunity to check what is in your medicine cabinet and then properly dispose of any medications you no longer need", said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.