Every day, 2,500 teenagers nationwide use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. They’re accessing these drugs in the comfort of home; it can be as easy as opening a cupboard, drawer, or medicine cabinet. In Clare County, this problem is real, it’s growing, and it’s dangerous.
Since 2000, over 550 overdose and drug poisoning deaths related have been recorded in northern and central Michigan. The majority of these deaths are related to prescription drugs. (Source: Michigan Department of Community Health). One of the biggest problems is the unnecessary availability of prescription drugs. Many people have unused and expired medicines in their home where people can get their hands on them. But, disposing of medicines by flushing them or throwing them in the trash can be hazardous to our environment. The solution – a permanent prescription drug drop box that will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
On Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 9:00 AM The Clare County Sheriff’s Department will be instituting a permanent prescription pill drop box at its location in Harrison. With help from Ten Sixteen Recovery Network, Sheriff John Wilson has become part of the solution! Their drop box is a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unused and expired prescription medicines.
The public is welcome to come and help us inaugurate the drop box at on September 12th and to continually use it, helping keep unused and expired prescriptions out of the hands of those who may abuse them. The Sheriff’s Department is also accepting medical supplies in their office. If you have a large donation of medical supplies please contact Verna Davis at Clare County Senior Services (989)386-4414.