Every day, more people die from opioid-related overdoses than from car accidents or gun violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017 with opioids accounting for nearly 68% of these deaths. To turn the tide on the nation’s opioid epidemic, community members need a safe and convenient way to dispose of unused medications.

Beaumont Health and local law enforcement agencies are encouraging people to drop off unused or expired prescribed medications Friday, Oct. 23 at Beaumont hospitals in Dearborn, Taylor, Trenton and Wayne. On Saturday, Oct. 24 medications will be accepted at the Sterling Heights Medical Park across from Beaumont Hospital, Troy.

The take-back event includes over-the-counter medications and other drugs. No questions asked. Organizers prefer pills be in a plastic baggie. The four hospital sites will only accept pills. The Sterling Heights Medical Park site will also accept medical sharps.

Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn
18101 Oakwood Blvd.
Fitzgerald Valet
Dearborn  48124
Friday, Oct. 23: 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Participating partners:  Dearborn Police Department, Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network

Beaumont Hospital, Taylor
10000 Telegraph Rd.
Taylor 48180
Friday, Oct. 23: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Participating partners:  Taylor Police Department

Beaumont Hospital, Trenton
5450 Fort St.
Trenton 48183
Friday, Oct. 23: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Participating partners:  Trenton Police Department

Beaumont Hospital, Wayne
33155 Annapolis St.
Wayne 48184
Friday, Oct. 23: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Sterling Heights Medical Park (across from Beaumont Hospital, Troy)
44300 Dequindre Rd. 
Sterling Heights 48314
Saturday, Oct. 24: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
*Residents can also drop off medical sharps
Participating partners: Troy and Sterling Heights Police Departments 

Beaumont Health

Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system and is most preferred for health care in Southeast Michigan, according to NRC Health survey data. The not-for-profit organization was created to provide patients with greater access to compassionate, extraordinary care, every day. Beaumont Health has a total net revenue of $4.7 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 145 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians, 38,000 employees and 3,500 volunteers. In 2018, Beaumont Health had about 178,000 inpatient discharges, 18,000 births and 573,000 emergency visits. For more information, visit beaumont.org.