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Walberg Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Washington, April 26, 2016 | comments

Jackson, MI—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today encouraged residents of Michigan’s 7th District to participate in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The service provides an opportunity for citizens to safely and securely dispose of their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at an authorized disposal site in their community.

On Saturday, Congressman Walberg will join with the Jackson Police Department at 11:00 AM to raise awareness about the disposal site at 216 E Washington Ave in Jackson, which is open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Additional drop off locations are available across the 7th District.

“Prescription drug abuse is shattering lives and tearing families apart and we must work together to combat this grow epidemic in our communities,” said Congressman Walberg. “Proper disposal of old and unwanted prescription drugs is one important way we can help keep our children, families, and neighborhoods safe.”

“Even prescription drugs can be harmful if used inappropriately so we support any effort to get them out of people's medicine cabinets and off the streets,” said Jackson Police and Fire Services Director Matt Heins.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is free and anonymous—no questions asked. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The 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. Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons—over 700,000 pounds—of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites across the country.  

Here is a list of collection sites around the 7th District open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on April 30:

Jackson County
Jackson Police Department; 216 E Washington Ave in Jackson (click here for a flyer)
Michigan State Police Jackson Post; 3401 Cooper Street in Jackson

Eaton County
Michigan State Police Lansing Post; 7119 North Canal Road in Lansing
Grand Ledge Police Department; 310 Greenwood St in Grand Ledge

Branch County
Branch County Sheriff’s Office Lobby Drop Box; 580 Marshall Road in Coldwater

Lenawee County
Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office / Promedica Bixby Hospital; 818 Riverside Avenue in Adrian

Monroe County
Michigan State Police Monroe Post; 300 Jones Avenue in Monroe

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Main Lobby; 2201 Hogback Rd in Ann Arbor


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