Spring cleaning for medicine cabinets across Michigan

May 18, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Medicine cabinets across Michigan need a good spring cleaning to keep people and the environment safe — and a free event on Saturday, May 20 aims to make that easier.

At five locations across the state, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Michiganders can bring old, expired or unneeded medicines to a convenient location to drop off and drive away knowing that they will be properly and safely destroyed.

The event’s goal is to reduce the number of houses that have opioid painkillers on hand, as well as other medicines that shouldn’t be kept around or dumped in the trash or down the toilet.

The take-back events are sponsored by local health organizations, including the Michigan Medicine Department of Anesthesiology. They are organized through a U-M initiative that aims to reduce opioids in the state through safer prescribing and increased opportunities to dispose of drugs properly.

The events will be held in the following locations:

  • Ann Arbor: Pioneer High School parking lot, 601 W. Stadium Blvd., run by the U-M Department of Anesthesiology with help from the Ann Arbor Police
  • Escanaba: Walgreens, 2301 Ludington Street, run by St. Francis Hospital and Delta County Sheriff
  • Jackson: Jackson Police Department lobby, 216 E. Washington Ave., run by the Surgery Department at Henry Ford Allegiance Health and Jackson Police
  • Saginaw: Heritage High School parking lot, 3465 N. Center Rd., run by the Surgery Department of CMU Health/Central Michigan University College of Medicine and Saginaw Township Police
  • Traverse City: Thomas Judd Care Center, 3529 W. Front St., run by Munson Medical Center and Traverse City Police

“We know that many people who have a tooth pulled or an operation or an injury are prescribed medications that contain morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone or other opioids that can be misused or lead to addiction,” said Chad Brummett, M.D., a U-M pain researcher and Michigan Medicine anesthesiologist. “We’re proud to partner with others to make it easy to get them out of the house before they fall into the wrong hands or get into the natural environment.”

Brummett co-leads the Michigan Opioid Prescribing and Engagement Network, based at the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. He and his colleagues work with surgical teams and others across the state to reduce opioid prescribing while still ensuring patients’ access to pain control.

Each site will accept:

Prescription and over-the-counter pills, capsules and patches for humans and pets

Sites WON’T accept:

Liquid medications, EpiPens, creams or gels, needles or syringes or lancets, thermometers, IV bags, sprays, vials, inhalers or powders

For the most up-to-date information on times and locations, please click here.

Website: http://www.michigan-open.org

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