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How to dispose of unused and expired medication, April 2017

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How to dispose of unused and expired medication, April 2017

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is joining efforts with police departments throughout the country on Saturday, April 29, 2017 for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to safely destroy prescription drugs through convenient drop off locations. This past October, individuals turned in over 730,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 5,200 sites carried out by the DEA and state and local law enforcement agencies.  

According to the Monroe MI Health department, close to four billion prescriptions are filled in the United States every year, and around one third of the prescribed and dispensed medication is unused. This relates to almost 200 million pounds of pharmaceuticals that have the potential to negatively affect the environment and risk for abuse if not properly disposed. 

Unused prescription medications should not be given to or shared with other individuals.  It is important to remember that medications should also not be flushed down the toilet or poured down drains. When disposing of medications, take off personal and identifying information on the prescription bottles.  To take advantage of communities that offer ongoing medication drop off sites, click below:

**For Wayne county residents, Wayne county will be participating in the National Take Back Initiative Day on April 29.  Anyone can check with their local police department or visit www.dea.gov to locate collection sites in your area.  The national event takes place from 10am-2pm.

Call 1-800-882-9539 or click here to find out city collection sites taking place on April 29.  Download the National Take Back Day flyer here.  For proper needle disposals, please check out safeneedledisposal.org for more information.

This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult your doctor for more information or if you have a medical concern.

Contributed by The Physician Alliance.

Source: Michigan Pharmacists Association, Oakland County Sheriff Department, Macomb County Health Department, The Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Control Division

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