Do you have unwanted medications? Dispose of them safely Saturday

October 6, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources


Prescription drug abuse by teens and others is a critical issue in the U.S., including our local area. In Washtenaw County alone, overdoses from opioid pain relievers such as OxyContin and Vicodin more than doubled from 2014 to 2015 for residents 21 or younger.

This Saturday, a team from the Division of Pain Research in the Department of Anesthesiology will join with the Ann Arbor Police for a Pain Medication Take-Back Event that will collect unwanted, expired or unused medications of all kinds, and dispose of them in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

Any member of the community may bring medications to the Main Street entrance of the Pioneer High School parking lot between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

It’s the fourth take-back event organized by the team, which has also created a manual that others can use to organize similar events in their communities.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.