Lakeview State Police post a drug drop-off location

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:14 am on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

LAKEVIEW — The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview post will be open on Saturday as a drop-off location for unwanted prescriptions.

Saturday has been designated as National Take-Back Initiative where all unwanted prescription drugs can be brought to be dispose of properly by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

“This gives people a chance got get rid of prescription drugs that are not being used,” said MSP Sgt. Joe Cairnduff.

The station, located at 10300 Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46), Lakeview, will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for people to drop off the prescription drugs.

Cairnduff said they are able to take any prescription drug that is not liquid or in a bottle. The drugs should be brought into the office in a baggie.

According to the DEA website, Americans that participated in the DEA’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites in all 50 states.

When the results of the three prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA and its state, local and tribal law enforcement and community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.

“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” said Michele M. Leonhart, DEA administrator. “DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place.”

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