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Metro Health Participates in National Drug Take Back Day Event

Posted: October 25, 2011

Do you have unused prescriptions in your medicine cabinet? Metro Health Hospital can help you get rid of them safely on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Metro Health will participate in National Drug Take Back Day, which is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Authority. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. area residents will be able to return unused prescriptions to the Granger Green common area of Metro Health’s campus. A pharmacist will be on hand throughout the event to answer questions about medications.

The Wyoming Police Department will be on hand to accept all prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, including controlled substances, with no questions asked.

Growing concern over pharmaceutical pollution in waterways and prescription drug abuse has led cities across the nation to develop drug take back programs. Kent County operates the West Michigan Take Back Meds program. Medications collected in West Michigan are transported to Kent County’s Waste to Energey Facility where they are incinerated.

This is the third drug take back event to be held nationally. In Sept. 2010, the event brought in more than 121 tons from 4,100 locations. To find out more about the program, click here or  visit www.wmtakebackmeds.com.



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