Saturday, October 23rd is DEA National Drug Take Back Day, and there are many drop off locations in Genesee County.

The drug take back event is a key tool to help prevent new addictions and accidental overdoses. Another goal is to raise awareness that unused drugs in your house can be easily forgotten. Most of the time nothing happens, and they end up getting thrown away, but there is a deadly side to these unused drugs.

According to the DEA site, a survey from 2019 focused on drug use and health found some scary results.

9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019.

Those are disturbing numbers for sure, but experts think that the problem may be getting worse due to the pandemic. That's why getting these unused drugs disposed of properly is such an important job.

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If you go on the drop off location finder, you can find plenty of places in your area to drop off unused drugs. You can find the list of Genesee County locations below.

  • Davison Police Department
  • Montrose Township Police Department
  • Burton Police Department
  • Genesee Township Police Department
  • Flushing Police Department
  • Argentine Township Police Department
  • Fenton City Police Department
  • Grand Blanc Township Police Department
  • Metro Police Authority of Genesee County Office
  • Flint Township Police Department
  • Michigan State Police Post in Flint
  • Genesee County Sheriff's Office
  • U of M Flint Department of Public Safety
  • Mott Community College Public Safety

If you have ever wondered about the need for these events, just look at the results of a the take back event in April of 2021. According to the Michigan/Ohio DEA office located in Grand Rapids, they had a huge turnout.

In April of 2021, the Grand Rapids district office which covers Michigan and Ohio collected more than 70,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

Take some time today to clean out your medicine cabinet, and drawers where you may keep prescriptions. They may seem harmless now, but in the wrong hands it could be deadly.

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