UPDATE – The Michigan State Police Lansing Post collected 94 lbs. of unused prescription medication during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on Saturday, October 22nd.
Not only that, but the 30 MSP posts throughout Michigan collected just over 841 lbs. of prescription drugs all together.
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Did you know that just last year the Drug Enforcement Administration seized nearly 700,000 pounds of un-used prescription drugs?
That’s almost as much as the weight of a 747 jet plane.
Today, law enforcement agencies across the nation took part in collecting prescription drugs from the community including right here in Mid-Michigan.
What do you do with un-used medications that fill your medicine cabinets?
Often times they sit in on the shelf for months…even years and today the Michigan State Police encouraged people to get rid of them as part of a national effort.
“It’s something that the DEA created partnership with the local law enforcements for civilians to bring in their old, un-used medication, prescription medications and dispose of them in a safe manner,” said Sergeant Gonzalez of the Michigan State Police Lansing Post.
The program accepts many types of pills from painkillers to anxiety medication.
“Needles and syringes you can take those to a local hospital they’ll dispose of those properly,” Sgt. Gonzalez stated.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services since 2014, Michigan has seen a dramatic increase in opioid addiction.
Police say having un-used prescription drugs laying around not only contributes to the growing number of addiction, but contaminates landfills.
“We know that when people have pills left around the home sometimes it can lead to people having an addiction,” First Lt. Joseph Thomas of the Michigan State Police Lansing Post added.
Lt. Thomas says these pills will eventually get turned over to the DEA for safe disposal.
“Sometimes people may destroy them at home but if you mix different types of prescriptions, you never know what type of reaction that may cause so once again if they package them up, bring them to the post and dispose of them in the container that we have out in the lobby, we’re going to make sure that the destruction is done properly by turning them over to the Drug Enforcement Agency,” Lt. Thomas stated.
Law enforcement agencies say handing over old, expired medication will not only help fight drug addiction, but create a safer environment.
Today isn’t the only day you can drop off your un-used medications…multiple police agencies in Ingham County have disposal sites open Monday through Friday.
For a complete list, check the “Seen on 6” section of our website.