Drug Take Back event encourages safe disposal of unwanted meds

Drop-off site to be open at Spectrum Health office in Tustin

TUSTIN — Osceola County residents are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and take advantage of free drug take back events at Spectrum Health office in Tustin on Sept. 30.

Medication and needle take back events are scheduled at the following locations and times:

• Thursday, September 30 from 2-5 p.m. at Spectrum Health Tustin Family Practice, 111 E. Church St. in Tustin.

Items accepted include over the counter and prescription medication, liquids, ointments, inhalers, needles and pet medications. Full needle containers can be exchanged for empty containers while supplies last.

“Sadly, and sometimes tragically, if people don’t properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs, they can find their way to others leading to bad outcomes,” said Scott Lombard, manager of community health at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. “We ask area residents to take advantage of this free, anonymous and safe way to dispose of their unwanted medication.”

Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals, Ten16 Recovery Network and the Mecosta Osceola Substance Awareness Coalition are partnering to provide safe, convenient and anonymous opportunities to dispose of these unwanted items.

Naxolone (Narcan) will also be available free to community members after education about the overdose prevention medication is received.

Naxolone quickly restores normal breathing to someone who may be suffering a life-threatening accidental overdose from prescription and other opioids.

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency advises the public not to flush medications down the toilet or throw them in the trash because doing so poses potential safety and health hazards.

For more information, call 231-592-4204.