April 27, 2019: Medication Take Back Day

WHEREAS, according to data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, deaths from opioid overdoses in Michigan have almost tripled in five years; and, 


WHEREAS, opioids are often involved in accidental poisonings and intentional misuse, with 130 Americans dying from an opioid-related overdose each day, which is more than the number of people killed in car accidents or by guns; and,


WHEREAS, research shows that most people do not properly dispose of their unused medications, increasing the potential that they are diverted into our community and waterways. Almost three-quarters of teens (73 percent) say it is easy to access prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinet; and,

WHEREAS, community opioid and medication take-back events provide a safe process for disposing of unused medications while protecting our communities, children, and environment; and,


THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that take back events are a great opportunity for community organizations and passionate individuals to come together to make a difference in their local community;


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we encourage all Michiganders to please remove the risk from your home and bring your unused opioids and all leftover medications to a local medication take back event;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 27, 2019, as Medication Take Back Day in Michigan.