According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers. 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives, with most drugs obtained from family or friends homes. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard says turning your drugs in on DEA take back day is a lot safer than throwing them in the trash or worse..
“A lot of people think ‘Well, flush it,’ but that’s not an environmentally friendly way to do that,” says Bouchard. “Never flush pharmaceuticals because we know there’s a higher residual amount of pharmaceuticals in our waterway, it ends up there sooner or later.”
DEA Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday. To find out a location nearest you, go to takebackdaydea.gov