Those looking to dispose of unused medication safely can do so at the Medication Take-back Event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

Every day, 115 Americans die from an opioid-related overdose — many of whom took the pain medication illegally, without a prescription. Medication take-back events provide safe locations for disposing of unused medications while also protecting communities and the environment, according to a news release.

Holland Hospital has partnered with Ottawa County Community Mental Health and the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network to host this event. The hospital is at 602 Michigan Ave. in Holland.

Research shows many people do not properly dispose of their medications, which means many end up in the community and waterways. This event will provide education on how to safely use and store medication as well as free disposal.

In April, the state of Michigan collected more than one ton of unused medications, including about 54,000 opioids. The spring event tripled the amount of opioids removed from Michigan communities from 2017′s fall event.

Approved opioid collectors, primarily pharmacies and law enforcement agencies, and special take-back events are the safest and most environmentally friendly means of disposing unneeded medications.

In addition to Holland Hospital, Ottawa County Public Health (12251 James St. #500 in Holland) and Walgreens (494 Butternut Drive in Holland) also will collect medication.




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