Celebrate National Prescription Drug Take Back Day with Spectrum Health

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The focus of the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is to remove potentially unsafe pharmaceutical substances from medicine cabinets throughout the state and prevent them from going into the water supply.

Studies have shown the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

People can drop off unwanted medications from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. April 28 at the Grand Portage Clinic, 62 Upper Road, and the Cook County Law Enforcement Center, 143 Gunflint Trail. It's an opportunity for citizens to forfeit any unexpired or unwanted medications with no questions asked.

Nearly 80% of heroin users who inject heroin say they started by misusing or abusing prescription drugs. The event helps residents clean out their cabinets of old or unused medication, preventing it from being stolen or abused. "This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue". 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.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate its last one-time medication drop-off later this month. There are several police departments and hospitals taking part.

All locations will accept pills and medication patches. No needles/sharps, illegal drugs, mercury thermometers, aerosol cans, personal care products (shampoo, lotions, soaps) or household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas) will be accepted.