Saturday, Oct. 22, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Michiganders can drop off their unused medication from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at any of the 130 participating locations throughout the state.

As America continues to experience an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to prescription drug abuse, programs like this help get unused medication, especially opioid painkillers, out of communities. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 2.4 percent of the U.S. population is abusing prescription drugs, most of which are obtained through family and friends.

Last year, the DEA collected more than 890,000 pounds of medication nationwide through this event.

Partcipating locations around West Michigan include:

  • Metro Health Hospital
  • Wyoming Police Department
  • Michigan State Police Rockford Post
  • Rockford Department of Public Safety
  • Kentwood Police Department
  • Zeeland Public Safety Building
  • Holland Department of Public Safety
  • Holland Police Department
  • Mecosta County Sheriff's Office

For more locations check the DEA website.