THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
733 Pounds Of Unused Medicine Is Collected
Issue Date: April 30, 2014
A total of 733 pounds of unused medication was collected on Saturday, April 26, from citizens of the counties of Marinette and Menominee, Mich. The annual collection was held in conjunction with the National Prescription Drug Take Back Days.
Participating were Marinette and Menominee Law Enforcement in conjunction with Bay Area Medical Center. In a joint news release, Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve and Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks reported that once again, on both sides of the river, this was a very successful effort.
On Monday, April 28, the two sheriffs delivered the 19 boxes to Fond du lac, the collection point, and turned them over to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for disposal. Marinette County turned in 333 pounds and Menominee County turned in 405 pounds.
Goal of the campaign is to dispose of unused medications in effort to reduce prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings in the two counties. It will also help to protect local waterways and create an awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
In Marinette County the collection centers were the sheriff department and BAMC mobility center from 9 a.m. to noon. In Menominee County they were the First United Methodist Church and Stephenson City Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Law Enforcement encourages continued use of the Drug Boxes as it is environmental responsible and prevents these drugs from falling into the wrong hands. The communites are reminded that prescription drugs may be dropped off throughout the year at the Marinette County Law Enforcement Center, Menominee Police Department and Menominee County Sheriff Department. They also expressed appreciated to BAMC for their assistance in the event.