You know all those old, almost empty vials that you really want to get rid of, but not forever?
Nobody judged. We understand: You were smart enough not to throw them away with your normal garbage and, well, you will not have that excuse on Saturday, April 28th.
In Michigan you can throw away unused medication on the 28th in each of the 30 Michigan State Police posts from 10am to 2pm All the pills you collect are destroyed. No liquids, inhalers, patches or syringes are accepted.
"With abuse of opioids and prescription drugs, inadvertent poisoning and overdoses ubiquitous, I urge Michanders to take this opportunity to check what's in your medicine cabinet, then dispose of any medications you no longer need "said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, MSP Director.
The national drug withdrawal day takes place twice a year, in April and October. During efforts in October 201
Studies show that much of the abused prescription medication is sourced from family and friends, including from the medicine cabinet. Furthermore, disposing of unused medicines by flushing in the toilet or throwing it in the garbage can pose a safety and health hazard.
Last fall, Americans shot 912,305 pounds (or 456 tons) of potentially dangerous drugs at record levels. almost 6 tons more than collected at the Spring 2017 event. That brings in 4,508 tons of the amount of prescription drugs that have been collected by the DEA since fall 2010.
More events will be added during the week, so be sure to look for a convenient location here.
Contained are ever higher opioid levels, said the DEA. Although these highly addictive drugs are prescribed for pain relief, they can be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and adolescents. Opioid use has been declared a public health emergency by President Trump
Often, the road to addiction to illicit drugs, such as heroin, begins in a doctor's office.
"The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the country's opioid epidemic, which has led to the highest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever experienced," said DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson in a statement , "This is a crisis that needs to be looked at from multiple angles – educating the public and removing these medicines from households in the United States prevents abuse where it often starts."
In 2016, opioids were involved in 42,249 overdose deaths by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose deaths were five times higher in 1999 than in 1999 in 2016, the year in which statistics are available.
The majority of abused prescription drugs come from relatives and friends, including those from the medicine cabinet, according to DEA  Other methods of disposal – throwing away unused drugs with garbage or flushing them in the toilet – can cause environmental damage, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
But not only opioids are dangerous. Expired prescription medicines may be less effective or risky over time due to changes in the chemical composition. Some expired medicines are at risk of bacterial growth, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Expired antibiotics can not treat infections, leading to more serious diseases and antibiotic resistance, according to the DEA.
The medication must have been prescribed to a member of your household. Illegal drugs can not be disposed of during the events, nor can syringes and needles be used. More information can be found here
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