Every year, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has National Drug Take Back Day around the country, where you can turn in unused or expired prescription drugs.

So gather any pills that you still have in your medicine cabinet and take it to a participating agency this Saturday, October 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is held so people have a proper way of disposing their drugs, as opposed to flushing it down the toilet or throwing it in the garbage. But it's also to educate and prevent drug addiction and overdose.

GetSmartAboutDrugs.com says that since its inception 6 years ago, the public has given back more than 8.1 million pounds of prescription drugs!

These are the participating locations in Kent & Ottawa County where you can drop off any unused or old prescription medication:

  • Metro Health Hospital
  • Grand Rapids Police Department
  • Kentwood Police Department
  • Wyoming Police Department
  • Lowell Police Department
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools Parent University
  • Zeeland Public Safety
  • Rockford Department of Public Safety
  • Michigan State Police - Rockford & Wayland Post
  • Holland Department of Public Safety

To find another collection site near you, you can search here.