TRAVERSE CITY — Several local law enforcement agencies are participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The public on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is encouraged to drop off their expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. Sheriff’s departments in Antrim, Benzie, Leelanau and Kalkaska counties are keeping their lobbies open, as will the shared headquarters of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department and Traverse City Police Department.
The DEA reports it took in more than 2 million pounds of pills nationwide in five previous Take Back events.
Most local sheriff’s departments have special drop boxes in their lobbies to take prescription pills year-round. For example, Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Marrow said the drop box received 320 pounds of prescription drugs since it was installed in January.
Kalkaska County Sheriff Dave Israel said the take-back events can bring in more than 20 pounds of pills in a single day. He said only pills are accepted and it’s helpful to bring them in plastic bags.
“It’s worked out pretty good,” he said.