Bronson Hosts Collection Sites for Medication Take Back Day - Bronson Healthcare

Published on April 13, 2018

Bronson Hosts Collection Sites for Medication Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 28, Bronson Community Health, along with local law enforcement, will take part in a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at sites in Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.

This event is an effort to prevent unused drugs from being lost, stolen or misused. Community members are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets, drawers and cupboards, and take any unneeded or outdated medications to one of the Take Back Day sites. Law enforcement officers will be on hand to make sure the medications are placed in a secured receptacle until they can be properly destroyed.

While most prescription medications will be accepted, the event is targeted primarily at collecting unneeded opioids. The United States is experiencing an opioid epidemic, with an estimated 12.5 million people age 12 and older misusing opioids (pain medications) in the past year. The Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (OPEN) says at last year’s Take Back Day, 17,500 opioid pills were collected statewide.

Bronson is hosting events in collaboration with Calhoun County Battle
Creek Police Dept., Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, OPEN, the Van Buren County Substance Abuse Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The below collection sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.

Bronson Battle Creek Hospital
Battle Creek
300 North Avenue
Main lobby

Bronson Wellness Center
South Haven
950 Bailey Ave.

Bronson Methodist Hospital
Kalamazoo
601 John St.
Main lobby
West side of building near gift shop

Antwerp Township Activity Center
Mattawan
24821 Front Ave.
This event hosted by Van Buren County
Substance Abuse Task Force

ACCEPTED ITEMS

Pills, Capsules and Patches
Examples
Pain Medications

Hydrocodone (Norco, Vicodin)

Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)

Tramadol (Ultram)

Codeine, Fentanyl, Morphine

Sedatives/Sleep Medications:  Xanax, Valium, Ambien and Klonopin

Antidepressants, ADHD Medications

Muscle Relaxants, Pet/Veterinary Medicines

Not accepted
Needles, Syringes, Lancets, Liquids

For more information about the Take Back Day events at the above locations, contact Joyce Griffith at Bronson Community Health, (269) 341-8355.