Beaumont Health will host a prescription medication take-back event Oct.23 at its four Downriver and western Wayne County hospitals.
Every day, more people die from opioid-related overdoses than from car accidents or gun violence, a Beaumont Health press release said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017 with opioids accounting for nearly 68 percent of these deaths.
To turn the tide on the nation’s opioid epidemic, community members need a safe and convenient way to dispose of unused medications, the release said.
The take-back event also includes over-the-counter medications and other drugs. No questions asked. Organizers prefer pills be in a plastic baggie. The four hospital sites will accept only pills.
The schedule for the take-back event is:
• Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, Fitzgerald Valet, 18101 Oakwood Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participating partners are the Dearborn Police Department, Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network.
• Beaumont Hospital, Taylor, 10000 Telegraph Road, Taylor, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The participating partner is the Taylor Police Department.
• Beaumont Hospital, Trenton, 5450 Fort St., Trenton, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The participating partner is the Trenton Police Department.
• Beaumont Hospital, Wayne, 33155 Annapolis St., Wayne, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.