The Drug Enforcement Administration is touting the results of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, held in October. According to the agency, over 745,000 pounds of medication were collected, with an emphasis on opioids and other potentially addictive substances. Since the initiative started, around 15.2 million pounds have been surrendered on a cumulative basis.
“The Detroit Field Division collected and disposed of 69,579 pounds of prescription medication at collection sites throughout Michigan and Ohio.”
The results show the potency of the program, even though many local and county law enforcement agencies allow for residents to drop off unused pills any day of the year. Houghton, Keweenaw, and Baraga Counties all have drop boxes at their respective sheriff’s departments.