Drug Take Back Gets Pills Off Street, Out of Landfills

The bi-annual National Drug Take Back Day, held Saturday at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement offices nationwide, was a big success.  Over 240 pounds of pills were collected at the Sheriff’s Office, and turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for disposal by incineration.  “We are very pleased to once again partner with our community and the DEA in this event,” said Sheriff Tim Donnellon.  “We know the importance of getting these pills out of medicine cabinets, where they might be stolen and sold on the streets, lead to an accidental overdose of a child or end up in our drinking water.”  This was the 16th time the Sheriff’s Office has participated in the Take Back Day event.  Over 1900 pounds of pills have been collected from our community and disposed of properly.  Though the nationwide numbers for the latest event are not available; in April of this year nearly 475 tons of pills were collected at nearly 6,000 sites nationwide.  If you missed the event and still have pills that you wish to dispose of, you can bring them to the Sheriff’s Office, located at 1170 Michigan Road in Port Huron Township.  Drop off hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Just bring in your pills and drop them into the receptacle located in the main lobby of the Sheriff’s Office.  We are able to take pills only.  Liquids, inhalers, sharps and patches cannot be accepted.  For disposal of sharps, please go to: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/whm-stsw-sharps-collection-list_196524_7.pdf