Local law enforcement agencies participate in National Drug Take Back

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A bag of pills that a person dropped off at the drug take-back station in the Back Bay parking lot. The DEA reports your old meds could lead to accidental poisoning, abuse or an overdose.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is on April 28th.Several people dropped off their dated and unused prescriptions at the Michigan State Police.

"We wanted to get everything done and cleared out so the house would be safe", said Tom Derr.

They collected unwanted or expired medications to prevent them from being improperly discarded.

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Sgt. Gaston said that's what the day is all about: Safety.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, who has been part of a national task force on opioids, said this helps to keep the drugs out of the wrong hands. "You don't put them in your toliet or in your drain system because they will eventually get in the aquifer", Elly said.

Many people gain access to prescription drugs through friends and family.

"I just drop everything off here, which is close to my home and then the police and the Village of Allouez takes care of it, so it's convenient". "Because we have the Red Med Box, it's more advantageous to participate".

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The sheriff's office says they've had over 5,000 people attend this event since 2010 and have collected over 12,000 pounds of medication.

"Drug Take Back" events in Brown County hopes to minimize that amount.

They do not accept any syringes.

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