National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 23 at Ascension Genesys Hospital

GRAND BLANC — The United States is experiencing an epidemic of prescription drug misuse and abuse.

More than 93,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2020, the highest number on record, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics released in July 2021.

To help turn the tide on this epidemic, Ascension Genesys Hospital is joining with the Genesee County Sheriff and United Community Addiction Network (UCAN) to host a prescription medication take back day on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The outdoor event will be held in Grand Blanc at Ascension Genesys Hospital, One Genesys Parkway, on the lawn near the health club.

Individuals can safely turn in their unused, unneeded and expired prescription medications including pills or tablets, liquid medications, inhalers and syringes with medications. A naloxone (Narcan) use training will be held at 12 p.m. by UCAN.

Community opioid and medication take back events provide a safe process for disposing of medications while protecting our communities, children and environment. — G.G.