National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to take place in SE Michigan


  • David Smart / Shutterstock

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a program that provides a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of expired or unused drugs, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The program was started partly because teens say medications are easily obtained in their homes — and one in seven teens have reported that they abuse prescription drugs to get high, according to a press release. Additionally, according to the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70,000 Americans died from drug-related deaths in 2017.

CARE of Southeastern Michigan will be working with safety organizations and school districts in Wayne and Macomb counties to provide the free service, including the following locations:
  • Center Line: Department of Public Safety
  • Clinton Township: Clinton Township Police Department
  • Eastpointe: Eastpointe Police Department
  • Fraser: Fraser Department of Public Safety
  • Macomb County: Sheriff’s Office
  • Mt. Clemens: Wilson School 
  • Roseville: Roseville Police Department
  • St. Clair Shores: St. Clair Shores Police Department, St. Clair Shores Kroger Pharmacy
  • Sterling Heights: Sterling Heights Police Department, Fellowship Chapel, Sterling Heights Kroger Pharmacy, Utica United Methodist Church
  • Warren: Warren Police Department, Warren Elks Lodge

A list of all participating locations in metro Detroit can be found at

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.