Drop off unused opioids, other meds this weekend

Addicting and toxic medicines sound scary, but the truth is they could be as close to your loved ones as your closet, garage or garden. 

Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled in the U.S. since 1999. Rest assured your home and loved ones of all ages will be safer with a little planning. 

You can drop off unused opioids and other medications this weekend to health officials. The National Take Back Prescription Medication Day is Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Dozens of locations across southeast Michigan will take the unused medications in a safe manner. Hospitals, pharmacies, community organizations and police departments in 16 counties will serve as drop-off points.

You can find a drop-off point near you by clicking here. 

Dr. Luke Bisoski, an emergency medicine physician at the DMC, joined us in studio to tell us more about the importance of taking back our unused prescriptions. You can hear from him in the video player above.