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The Michigan State Police’s 30 posts across the state will participate in a one-day drug “Take-Back” effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 29. The posts will serve as drop-off points for Michiganders to discard expired, unused and unwanted medications for destruction.

In Sault Ste. Marie, anyone can discard old meds in the drug drop-off box in front of Sault Tribe Law Enforcement.

No liquids, inhalers, patches, or syringes will be accepted.

MSP posts collected 871 pounds of prescription drugs in a one-day event last October. 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.

Citizens who are not able to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously drop off their prescription drugs at any MSP post, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

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