Spectrum Health Healthier Communities and Families Against Narcotics Grand Rapids Chapter will be collecting unused and unwanted prescription drugs in a couple of weeks, so, start your gathering.

Spectrum will be collecting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Healthier Communities (Widdicomb Building), 665 Seward Ave. NW, Grand Rapids.

Everyone is invited to stop by to dispose of expired prescriptions and other unwanted or unneeded medications. This free and anonymous public service is part of the 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

“In responding to this epidemic, prevention is key,” said Jeanne Kapenga, founder of the FAN chapter in Grand Rapids, Families Against Narcotics. Everyone should clean out medicine cabinets and bringing unused medications to any of the safe disposal sites.

The Grand Rapids Police Department will oversee the drug collection and ensure the drugs collected are disposed of in an appropriate manner. The DEA advises the public not to flush medications down the toilet or throw them in the trash because those methods of disposal pose potential safety and health hazards.

The list of locations sponsored by area hospitals or law enforcement agencies includes:
• East Grand Rapids Public Safety, 770 Lakeside Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, 49506
• Grand Rapids Police Department, 1 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids
• Kentwood Police Department, 4742 Walma Ave. SE, Kentwood
• Lowell Police Department, 111 N. Monroe, Lowell, 49331
• Metro Health University of Michigan Health, 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW, Wyoming
• Michigan State Police, Rockford Post, 345 Northland Dr. NE, Rockford
• Rockford Department of Public Safety, 7 S. Monroe St. NE, Rockford
• Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, 665 Seward Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
• Wyoming Police Department, 2300 DeHoop Ave. SW, Wyoming

Don't forget, Saturday, April 28 is the day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.