Remove the risk from your home: Participate in medication take-back events across the state

October 23, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Are you looking to dispose of unused medications? If so, Michigan-OPEN and Michigan Medicine are hosting drug take-back events across the state on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Northville Health Center will be one of the collection sites, hosting an event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“These events provide a safe process for disposing of unused medications while protecting communities, children and the environment,” said Cara Shepard, ACS associate director of the Northville Health Center.

They also serve as a unique opportunity to educate community members about opioids, and more importantly, how to safely use, store and dispose of these medications.

It’s a vitally important topic as the U.S. currently attempts to manage an epidemic of prescription drug misuse and abuse. Opioid overdose deaths in Michigan have almost tripled in five years. And three in five teens say prescription pain medication is easy to get from their parents’ medicine cabinet.

In addition to the Northville take-back event, several others are planned for Washtenaw County on Saturday. These events will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. unless otherwise indicated:

  • Ann Arbor: St. Francis Catholic School, 2270 E. Stadium Blvd.
  • Chelsea: Chelsea Retirement Community, 805 W. Middle St. (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Dexter: Monument Park, Baker Rd. at Main St.
  • Milan: Milan Police Department, 35 Neckel Ct.
  • Saline: Saline Police Department, 100 N. Harris St.
  • Whitmore Lake: Northfield Township Community Center, 9101 Main St.
  • Ypsilanti: West Willow Community Resource Center, 2057 Tyler Rd.

For more information on this weekend’s take-back events and to find other event locations throughout Michigan, click here.