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October 25, 2013

Authorities take part in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

TRAVERSE CITY — Area residents can help keep potentially dangerous drugs out of local landfills, watersheds and the hands of kids and abusers by dropping off expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs at designated collection sites.

The free and anonymous service is part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Area drop-off sites include Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department, Benzie County Sheriff’s Department, Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Department/Traverse City Police Department, Antrim County Sheriff’s Department and Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department.

Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich said his office got a jump-start on the day back in May, with a 24-hour DEA drop box located in the office’s outer lobby.

“People can come 24/7, no questions asked, even if they have a bag of marijuana or a pound of cocaine,” he said.

Borkovich said his office already collected over 120 pounds of prescription drugs, which Undersheriff Steve Morgan estimated at more than 123,000 pills. The medications, ranging from Percocet to OxyContin, will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for destruction.

“The amount of pills that come in daily, weekly, is incredible,” Borkovich said. “All it takes is two or three of these to cause a head-on collision.”

Americans participating in DEA’s six previous Take-Back Days turned in nearly 2.8 million pounds — almost 1,409 tons — of prescription drugs. Most recently, more than 4,300 DEA law enforcement partners operated over 5,800 sites.

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