We've reported on the Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP) for a few years now, reason being that it's important. You'll hear some staggering numbers in today's interview that our local emergency on prescribed medications is right on par with the national news you hear about the staggering numbers of prescriptions being used and abused. At no point are we saying that if medication is needed, that people shouldn't receive it but once the therapy is completed, what to do to properly dispose of the leftovers.
There has been some incredible success in Muskegon in collecting leftover meds due to the outreach of the MAMDP. Now in it's 9th year, over 15 tons of medications have been removed from the backs of closets, medicine cabinets and anywhere else pills are stored. The success has come from the outreach of the group. Letting people know that there is a safe alternative to storing, or flushing them, or running them down the drain.
The dangers of keeping meds in the house? Kids can get in to them. Not just yours, but visiting friends. If you have a gathering, people could very well be looking in your medicine storage areas when you're not looking. Opportunists take every chance they can get to get their hands on what they want.
April 27th will be your chance to safeguard yourself and your loved ones with no questions asked. You simply drive up to the Norton Shores Fired Department on Pontaluna, fill out a short anonymous survey, drop off what you have and you're done. It's that simple. The take back will be from 9a-1p.
I met up with my good fried Brian Harris with the Norton Shores PD and Carrie Uthe from the MAMDP to get caught up on the statistics and effectiveness of the program here in town. As we opened the story, you'll hear some pretty stunning numbers about the use of prescriptions here in the area, and the need to get those not being used safely off the streets.
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Pretty amazing numbers, pretty scary statistics and a fairly safe solution to all of it. If you've got old medications around, get rid of them. It's a no questions asked opportunity to safeguard your home and family and a way to make sure the environment is protected at the same time.