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Sheriff's departments across the area, including the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department, set up stations for people to return their drugs.

The day is an effort to prevent theft, addiction and overdose deaths by prescriptions meds.

Saturday is one of two annual "Drug Take Back" events throughout the state, this year's campaign is called 'Dose of Reality'. Residents have the chance to hand over old prescriptions and rid their homes of potentially risky medications if they get into the wrong hands. With a growing opioid epidemic, the DEA, the Minnesota Department of Health and local police departments and healthcare providers encourage everyone to properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescription medications.

"Well, I think people are always looking for an opportunity to get rid of their medications in their home. A year ago we had 12", said Bill Gentes of the Lake County Health Department.




Those unused or expired pills in your medicine cabinet are a huge concern to your public safety. "The other thing reason why we do this is we don't want it to get in the wrong hands", said Patrick Moody, Moline Officer.

From 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., people were able to drop off drugs with no questions asked and no paperwork.

Kozal said that since the city police has had it's Red Med Box, about four months, it has been emptied seven times.

During last fall's take-back day, ME officials collected 41,700 pounds of medications at 157 drop-off sites, more than any other New England state, according to the DEA.


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