On Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public the opportunity to prevent medicine abuse by ridding their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Chelsea Retirement Community at 805 W. Middle St. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. No liquids or needles, please.
Last fall, Americans turned in 912,000 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds of pills.
This program addresses an important public safety and public health issue. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.
Americans are also 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.
Chelsea area residents can dispose of their medications safely on Take Back Day on April 28 at the Chelsea Retirement Community or anytime to the Chelsea Police Department at 311 S. Main St.