DEA, local law enforcment sponsoring drug take back Oct. 29

On October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescriptions, according to the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

The prescription drug drop-off locations are:

Michigan State Police Post

3401 Cooper St.

Jackson, MI 49201

(517) 780-4580

Jackson City Police


216 E. Washington Ave.

Jackson, MI 49201

(517) 788-4100

Grass Lake

Community Pharmacy

112 E. Michigan

Grass Lake, MI 49240

(517) 522-4100

This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds--188 tons--of prescription drugs at nearly 5,361 sites. In Jackson County, city police and state police collected a combined 23.6 pounds of prescription drugs.

More than seven million Americans abuse prescription drugs, which is more than those who use heroin, cocaine and hallucinogens combined according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

National studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 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.

Published: Thu, Oct 27, 2011