Those looking to dispose of old or unwanted medications can do so at 60 locations across the state on Saturday, Oct. 27.
The drug takeback event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can bring old, expired or unneeded medicines to a convenient location to drop off.
The statewide effort is made possible by local partnerships between hospitals, pharmacies, community organizations, police departments and the University of Michigan’s Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network.
Participants in Washtenaw County for the bi-annual event include:
- St. Francis Catholic School, 2270 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor
- Chelsea Retirement Community, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- Monument Park, Baker Road at Main Street, Dexter
- Milan Police Department, 35 Neckel Court, Milan
- Saline Police Department, 100 N. Harris St., Saline
- Northfield Township Community Center, 9101 Main St., Whitmore Lake
- West Willow Community Resource Center, 2057 Tyler Road, Ypsilanti
Michigan opioid overdose deaths have almost tripled in 5 years
Take-back events aim to reduce the number of homes that have opioid painkillers on hand, as well as other medicines that shouldn’t be kept around because of the risk of abuse – and shouldn’t be dumped in the trash or down the toilet either.
Michigan deaths from opioid overdosesincreased almost 9 percent in 2017compared to 2016, according to data released this week by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Of the 2,729 overdose deaths in Michigan in 2017, 1,941 – 71 percent – were opioid-related, the preliminary data shows.
The number of opioid OD deaths in 2017 almost tripled in five years. The state recorded 681 such deaths in 2012.
The number of opioid deaths continues to climb, even as doctors have reduced the number of opioid prescriptions.
Drug overdose deaths now exceed the number of traffic and firearm deaths combined. Michigan had 1,028 traffic fatalities in 2017 and 1,230 gun deaths in 2016, the most recent data available.
For a complete listing of drop-off locations throughout the state, visit the Michigan Medicine website.
Also on Oct. 27, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Take Back Initiative includes take-back events at law enforcement locations around the country. Some law enforcement and pharmacy locations take unused medications back year-round.