DEA helping take back unwanted prescription drugs this weekend

Posted: 6:02 AM, Apr 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-27 08:54:09-04

The Drug Enforcement Agency is partnering with local and state law enforcement agencies across Michigan to get unwanted prescription drugs out of homes.

It's all part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is happening on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is the 15th opportunity is seven years to prevent pill abuse by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

Anyone who wants to get rid of them can take them to several locations, found on the DEATakeBack website , to turn in the pills for free with no questions asked. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

Last fall, Americans turned in more than 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs at 5,00 siyes operated by the DEA and 4,300 of its state and law enforcement partners.

Overall, in 14 take back events, they have taken in ore than 9 million pounds of pills.