Prescription Drug Take Back Day at Michigan State Police Stations April 30

The Michigan State Police Caro Post will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30.

Anyone can stop by between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to dispose of tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription medication.

Liquids, syringes and illegal drugs will not be accepted.

The Caro station also has a drop box in the lobby where anyone can drop off prescription drugs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here are some prescription drug facts from the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics:

• 45.8% of American adults have taken a prescription drug — legally or not — in the past 30 days. Health experts generally agree that high usage and availability leads to reported rates of prescription drug abuse, addiction, and ultimately overdose.

• 16.3 million people abuse prescriptions in one year.


• 22.6% of them, or 3.7 million people, are abusing prescriptions for the first time.

• 43.3% of first-time drug users use painkillers while 32.1% use sedatives or tranquilizers.

• 52 million or 18.4% of Americans over the age of 12 have deliberately misused prescription drugs at least once in their lifetime.

• Prescription drug users constitute 5.76% of Americans over the age of 12.

• Prescription abuse decreased by 13.8% compared to 2015, when 18.9 million people misused prescriptions.

• Less than 1 in 10 addicts abuse drugs in order to get high.

• 2.0 million people, or 11.9% of prescription abusers, are permanently dependent on the prescription drugs they abuse.

• Among drug addicts, 253,100 or 12.7% acknowledge their addiction.

• Prescription drugs are the third most used illicit substance after marijuana (with 19.4% of the population using it) and cocaine (with 15.9% using it).

• Prescriptions are the fifth most used substance after alcohol (65.5% use) and tobacco products (26.7% use).

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