Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 1, 2012

Forum: Help prevent prescription drug abuse


  • Monitor your prescription drugs and store them in a safe and secure place.
  • Properly dispose of expired or unneeded medications. Many communities now offer drop-off locations and events. Check our web site,, for drop-off information and other recommended disposal methods.
  • Don't share prescription drugs. Sharing prescription drugs or using medications that were not intended for you is drug abuse.

We also invite you to visit our Facebook page, Drug Free Northern Michigan — Be The Solution, and share information with your friends about preventing prescription drug abuse.

Working together, we all can "Be the Solution."

About the author: Sue Winter is executive director of Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services. She has worked in the substance use disorder treatment and prevention field since 1988. She has a master's degree in Social Work from Michigan State University.

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