Pain Medication Take-Back Event

Pain Medication Take-Back Day: October 3rd at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor

Together with the Ann Arbor Police Department, the Division of Pain Research at the University of Michigan Department of Anesthesiology is hosting a Pain Medication Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 3rd from 9-1PM at the Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Parking Lot. Our goal is to provide a place where anyone (but in particular parents) can bring unneeded medications to be safely destroyed. Opioid drug abuse in teens and young adults is an epidemic. Most teens start down this road by taking leftover pills from dental work or surgeries from their parents’ medicine cabinets. Many move on to getting meds from the street or other kids–some transition to heroin, as it is cheaper. This event is designed to engage parents–we’ll accept meds from anyone, but the spirit of this effort is to decrease adolescent access to prescription opioids.

To give you a frame of reference for the scale of unused prescription medications existing in the community, this past August, we were able to collect approximately 25,000 pills with almost half of those being controlled substances, anti-depressants, sleeping aids, and stimulants.

Take-back events provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the community about potential teen abuse of medications found in the home and the safety of children. Please bring your unused medications and help make our community a safer place. The attached flyer lists accepted medications and all event details. For further information, visit our webpage or check out our Facebook event.

Here’s a flyer with all the details:
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