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Posted on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 6:48 p.m.

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office hosting drug take back Saturday

By Staff

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office will serve as a host site for the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release.

The public is invited to bring unused or unwanted prescription drugs to the sheriff's office lobby at 2201 Hogback Road.

The sheriff's office offered these points for residents considering participating in the drug take back:

  • Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.
  • The nonmedical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends —and the home medicine cabinet.

For more information about prescription drug abuse or to find an additional disposal location near you, visit


Chris 8 - YPSI PRIDE

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 4:23 p.m.

Get the opiods, opiates and the benzos out of the medicine cabinet. If you have kids in the home, especially teenagers this is where it starts. I have experienced this first hand with a Brother that is no longer with us. His addiction started by experimenting with pills and lead to a full blown heroin addiction. Also keep this in mind, if one of your teenager's friend(s) asks to use the bathroom upon entering your home this is a red flag. I don't care who you are or how well you think you know your kids and their friends, it can happen to you. What took place in the last year my brother was alive ( his MO's to get his fixes ) shocked everyone around him. If you think this can not happen to you, I once thought the same thing. I assure you that if the temptation is there it can happen to a straight A student, with a promising future. Within a years time my Brother went from a very promising future to 3 arrests for theft, and a jail sentence hanging over his head. It started in the medicine cabinet and ended in his grave.


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 12:21 p.m.

Is there anyplace you can donate unopened prescription drugs? M y Dr. changed my prescription about 3 weeks after I refilled my 3 month supply so I have 2 unopened bottles of it.


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 4:01 a.m.

"The nonmedical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America" wow, more slander on the marijuana subject! get an education! marijuana is none addictive and there has never been one recorded death in history due to marijuana use!! you wanna know why they say it kills brain cells?? because scientist in the 50's used lab rats with face mask on, an gave them marijuana smoke an not enough oxygen, so the lab rats died from suffocation! so these government scientist determined it was from the killing of the brain cells!!!

Chris 8 - YPSI PRIDE

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 6:36 p.m.

I would be interested to see a comparison done on with "Legal Alcohol" and "Legal Prescription Drugs". Alcohol would surely come in with a blue ribbon first prize. I am not a marijuana user, however i've been around quite a few of them. I have friends that use it. I have never witnessed marijuana ruin lives the way alcohol, prescription drugs, or hard drugs (cocaine, herion, LSD, angel dust, ect.) do. It's time to end the war on marijuana and use the tax funds to either fix the deficit, fight a war on the hard stuff, or both. One thing that has pleased me in the last few weeks is the arrest of alleged suppliers of herion involved with 2 seperate deaths. Herion suppliers are ruthless, will give a potential addict a few free bags to get them hooked then stand back and collect the ill gotten gains the addict has generated committing all kinds of crimes to get. When someone dies, it has a domino effect that is not seen in the newspaper. The loved ones of the addict are left behind to grieve and pick up the pieces of a broken life. It's no fun and has a permanent effect on everyone involved.