ADACT hosting prescription drug disposal

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — Those looking to safely deposit their expired or unused prescription drugs will have the opportunity to safely do so thanks to the Arenac County Drug and Alcohol Containment Taskforce and the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department.

On Saturday, April 30, people with expired prescription drugs can deposit them at Sheriff’s department from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

ADACT coordinator Lori Jacques said the event is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take-Back Initiative.

“Any type of drugs are accepted,” she said. “It can be prescription drugs or (over the counter medication).”

Jacques said that the program is anonymous and no questions will be asked for anyone who turns medication in.

She added that this program is important to help keep expired drugs out of the wrong hands.

“It’s important to keep these types of drugs out of the hands of children and some adults,” she said.

Jacques said it’s not safe to keep drugs like vicodin around the house, throw them away or flush them down the toilet.

“Studies are showing that drugs are coming up in our water,” she said. “We are also finding them in our environment.”

This will be the first time that the ADACT has held a drug disposal event. Jacques said she would like to see more.

“I think it would be nice to host an event like this quarterly,” she said. “There are so many medications out there, with the sale of prescription drugs being so high, it’s better to get those drugs out of the house.”

Jacques said studies show that many teenagers are experimenting with prescription drugs of all kinds.

“Use of OxyCotins seem to be a problem, as well as Ritalin and vicodin,” she said.

Jacques said the biggest concern for the ADACT is the unused drugs, rather than just the expired medication.

“Normally, when something is sitting around unused, that’s when there are problems,” she said. “Even drugs that are expired have side effects.”

The Arenac County Sheriff’s Department is located at 126 Grove St. in Standish. For more information, Jacques at the Sterling Area Health Center, 989-654-3501.

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