It's one of the biggest topics of conversation anywhere today, the over prescribing of meds in America. It's said that there are enough opioid prescriptions in Michigan that every single resident could have one. That's just the opiates. The really dangerous stuff. We seem to have pills for just about everything now a days, and in as much as it's a great thing for some of what ales us, sometimes we have medications that we can't use. You know the ones that have a laundry list of side effects that rival a near death experience? Hey, look..we're not here to scare you off from needed medications but sometimes there are things prescribed you can't take, don't need anymore or they have just been sitting around and the expiration date has past and you have to get rid of them. Same goes for over the counter medications. When the time is up, the proper disposal of them is essential.
Believe it or not, flushing them down the toilet is not the recommended procedure. Nor is down the drain or in the trash. There are plenty of station around town that you can drop them off. They are lock boxes in police and fire stations and it's recommended that is you do clean out the cupboard or medicine chest you take them there. If you'd like a little more focus on a date and time to get rid of them, may we suggest October 28th? There will be a medication disposal event at the Muskegon Fire Department from 9a-1p.
It's being put on by The Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program and their belief is that proper disposal of unused medications promotes a healthy community bu reducing the risk of burglary and medication misuse. Over the past 7 years, get this... the MAMDP has collected 12.5 TONS of unused medications. TONS!
There will be no questions asked, so if you're dropping off a bunch of grandma's old pills you've been wondering what to do with, you're safe. It will be a cool experience, because you'll get to drive right through the fire truck bay and drop off your meds and properly contained sharps and at the end, you'll have one less thing to worry about in your home. It's a smart thing to do.
Carrie Uthe joined me out in front of the Muskegon Fire Department to talk about the statistics and the event, take a listen.
It's a simple way to secure your home and make sure that meds that could be dangerous don't get into the wrong hands. If you watched the video, you heard personal testimony that if there's a will, there's a way, so please...take the time to properly dispose of the medications in your home that are no longer being used. My thanks to Carrie for taking a few minutes to talk about the event, and thanks too to The Health Project of Mercy Health for their support of our work and Muskegon as a whole.
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