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Police prepare for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),  The Michigan State Police (MSP) and other law enforcement agencies are partnering for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 28. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Michigan State Police’s 30 posts will serve as drop off points for Michiganders to discard expired, unused and unwanted pills, which will be destroyed. No liquids, inhalers, patches, or syringes will be accepted.

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“This is an excellent opportunity to take a look at the medicines that have collected in your medicine cabinet and properly dispose of something that could potentially be dangerous,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Opioid abuse is a serious public health and public safety issue here in Michigan and nationwide. We will do whatever we can to help decrease all too common prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses.” National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year. In April,  State police posts collected 597 pounds of prescription drugs. Anyone who  is unable to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their prescription drugs at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

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