While you\u2019re completing your spring cleaning this year, please don\u2019t forget your medicine cabinet. Yes, your medicine cabinet. No, we\u2019re not worried about that stray Q-tip or cotton ball; we\u2019re asking you to get rid of expired and no longer needed medication, including needles. And we\u2019ll help you do it safely. Bring them to our DEA National Prescription Take Back event at either Spectrum Health Big Rapids or Reed City Hospitals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24. We\u2019re partnering with Ten 16 Recovery Network in hosting the collection sites to help keep our communities safe. Sadly, and sometimes tragically, if you don\u2019t properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, they might find a new one. And that\u2019s dangerous. According to a 2019 national survey about drug use and health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives. The survey showed a majority of those misused drugs were obtained from friends and family \u2014 you guessed it, right from home medicine cabinets. Prescription drug and needle take back events can help prevent drug addiction and even save someone\u2019s life from an overdose. In addition to safely disposing expired and unneeded prescription medications, we\u2019ll take full sharps\/needle containers in exchange for empty containers while supplies last. We\u2019ll also distribute Naxolone free to community members after education about the opioid overdose prevention medication is received. Naxolone quickly restores normal breathing to someone who may be suffering a life-threatening overdose from heroin or another opioid. Please consider stopping by Big Rapids Hospital, at 605 Oak St. in Big Rapids, or Reed City Hospital, at 300 N. Patterson Road in Reed City, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Keep them safe. Clean them out. Take them back. See you Saturday! \u2014 Scott Lombard is the manager of community health at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals.