Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office taking back unwanted prescription drugs
White Cloud– On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 14th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the lobby of the Sheriff's Office, 1035 E. James St., White Cloud, MI. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills. Locally, 2,854 pounds of prescription drugs have been turned in and disposed of in Newaygo county drug drop boxes.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
If you can’t dispose of your medications during the Take Back Day times the drug drop box is also available 24/7. Other sites available, during their operating hours, are all the police departments in Newaygo County, TrueNorth Community Services in Fremont, Hometown Pharmacy in Newaygo, and the Commission on Aging in White Cloud. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.