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Metro Health, City of Wyoming Partner to Take Back Unused Drugs and Replace Mercury Thermometers

Metro Health Hospital and the City of Wyoming once again are teaming up to help people safely dispose of unused medications and mercury thermometers.

The Drug Take Back program is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. Residents may bring unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to the main lobby of Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Police Department will be on hand to accept medications, including controlled substances, no questions asked. A pharmacist also will be available to answer questions. Those with mercury thermometers can exchange those items for a new digital thermometer from the City of Wyoming and Metro Health, while supplies last.

Metro Health and the City of Wyoming partner twice a year to provide this service, done with the goal of curtailing pharmaceutical pollution in water and prescription drug abuse. The West Michigan Take Back Meds program is a joint effort between local pharmacies, law enforcement, wastewater treatment facilities and government agencies to provide safe, convenient medicine disposal.

Medications collected in West Michigan are brought to Kent County’s Waste to Energy Facility, where they are incinerated. In April 2016, the event brought in 448 pounds of medication and 73 thermometers. Officials are encouraging residents to take advantage of this service.

Since partnering in 2011, Metro Health and City of Wyoming have collected more than 3,630 pounds of medications.

The City of Wyoming also offers a prescription drug drop-off service 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Department of Public Safety, 2300 DeHoop Ave. SW.

About Metro Health
An award-winning leader in community healthcare, Metro Health serves more than 250,000 patients annually from across West Michigan – and beyond. In addition to its 208-bed hospital, which provides a comprehensive suite of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, Metro Health has a growing number of neighborhood outpatient centers and offices throughout West Michigan, as well as a community clinic for the underserved and student health clinics at Grand Valley State University and Aquinas College. With more than 500 physicians on staff, Metro Health provides a growing number of specialty health services, including cancer treatment, heart and vascular, neurology, pulmonology and others. Many are members of the Metro Health Medical Group. The hospital is committed to promoting health and wellness through the work of the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, Live Healthy community outreach classes and educational programs and more. Visit us at www.metrohealth.net, follow us on Twitter @MetroHealthGr and like us on Facebook/MetroHealth.

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