Prescription Drug Disposal

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Proper disposal of unused or unwanted prescription drugs is a key weapon in the fight against misuse.  By making these drugs less available, we can reduce instances of prescription drug abuse.  But, it’s important to dispose of them in a way that is both responsible and environmentally sound.

Do Not Flush Medications
Unless the directions say otherwise, do NOT flush medications down the drain or toilet because chemicals can pollute the water supply. Remove any personal, identifiable information from Rx bottles or packages before you throw them away.

Mix Drugs with Undesirable Substances
Mix prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter and put them in impermeable, non-descript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags, to further ensure the drugs are not diverted.

Where to Dispose Drugs
According to federal guidelines, controlled substances can only be returned to law enforcement authorities. A growing number of law enforcement agencies collect controlled substances. If your local law enforcement agency does not yet collect controlled substances encourage them to do so.

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  • Fact:  Michigan had 2,729 overdose deaths in 2017. 1,941 were opioid-related and 699 were a result of Heroin use.
  • Fact:  2017 MAPS Data indicates 19,943,203 Controlled Substance Prescriptions were dispensed in MI.
  • Fact:  October 2018, National drug Take Back Day, Michiganians collected approximately 40,000 opioids at 60 statewide collection sites.
  • Fact:  There are over 23.5 million people in long-term recovery in the U.S. from a substance use disorder. People do recover and get well.
  • Fact:  In 2017, the number of opioid prescriptions dispensed decreased by 10.7 percent since 2015.
  • Fact:  In 2017, there were more deaths from drug overdoses than car crashes in Michigan.
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