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Posted: Oct 22, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

Updated: Oct 22, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

MARQUETTE – The United States is currently experiencing an epidemic of prescription drug misuse and abuse. Opioid overdose deaths in Michigan have almost tripled in five years. To help turn the tide on this epidemic, Upper Peninsula Health Plan is partnering with the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan OPEN) and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department to host a medication take-back event on Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The host site for the event is the Westwood Mall parking lot in front of the old Younkers building.

Did you know?

  • Every 10 minutes a child visits the emergency room for medication poisoning
  • 12.5 million people age 12 and older misused opioids in the last year
  • Three in five teens say prescription pain medication is easy to get from their parents’ medicine cabinet

Community opioid and medication take-back events provide a safe process for disposing of unused medications while protecting our communities, children, and the environment. Remove the risk from your home and bring your unused opioids to the medication take-back event at:

            Westwood Mall Parking Lot
            3020 US-41
            Marquette, MI 49855

For more information or to find other take back event locations throughout Michigan, click here.

 

https://www.upmatters.com/news/local-news/uphp-to-participate-in-national-prescription-drug-take-back-day/1541507742

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