September 22, 2017

Michigan OPEN Medication Takeback Events

Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Michigan-OPEN is partnering with hospitals, pharmacies, community organizations, and police departments around the state to host a medication take-back event in several locations on Saturday, September 30 from 10-2PM.


The medication take-back events will be held in:

  • Ann Arbor – Pioneer High School Parking Lot (Hosted by University of Michigan Department of Anesthesiology and Ann Arbor Police
  • Commerce – Fire Department #2 (Hosted by Commerce Fire Department and Oakland County Sheriff) Escanaba – Walgreens Parking Lot (Hosted by OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group and Walgreens)
  • Jackson – Center for Family Health (Hosted by the Center for Family Health and Jackson Police)
  • Livonia – New Oakland Family Center Parking Lot (Hosted by New Oakland Family and Wayne County Sheriff)
  • Pontiac – St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (Hosted by St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and Oakland County Sheriff)
  • Saginaw – Covenant Healthcare Professional Office Building (Hosted by Covenant Healthcare and Saginaw Police)
  • Traverse City – Munson Community Health Center (Hosted by Munson Medical and Traverse City Police)

Six cities participated in the drug take-back events this past May and collected approximately 421 pounds of pills, including more than 15,000 opioid pills. The oldest medication returned was from 1976 and the most common reason for people to have excess medications was from surgery.

Take back events provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the community about potential teen abuse of medications found in the home and the safety of children.

Please bring you unused opioids and help make our community a safer place. Please share with friends, neighbors, schools, social media. Help us get the word out!

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Thanks for your support!