National Drug Take Back Day tomorrow

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Tomorrow marks National Drug Take Back Day where people are encouraged to turn in their drugs to a disposal program.

There are a few locations participating in the day tomorrow:

  • Muskegon Public Works: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Paw Paw Family Fare: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Carrie Uthe from the Muskegon Area Medical Disposal Program joined 24 Hour News 8 on Daybreak this morning to talk about the program. She said there are a lot of reasons why people need to get rid of the drugs around their home.

“The best way to get rid of drugs now is to take it to a take back program where it goes to an incinerator at a very high heat. It creates electricity so for us, it’s green all the way around,” said Uthe.

Between the years of 2010 and 2013, more than 12,294 pounds of drugs were taken in by Muskegon alone. Around 770 pounds were controlled and more than 6,600 pounds were over the counter, uncontrolled.

Last year, more than 4,000 pounds of drugs were turned in to Muskegon.

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