Help Save Lives – Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Opioid overdoses continue to be one of the greatest public health crises of our lifetimes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 75,673 people died in 2021 as a direct result of taking opioids. This is a significant increase from the 56,064 people who reportedly died from opioids the previous year.

In an effort to help combat this issue, Holland Hospital is partnering with Community Mental Health of Ottawa County and the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (OPEN) to host a Medication Take Back Event on Saturday, October 29 from 10 AM – 2 PM. Participants will be able to safely and confidentially drop-off unused medications at the blue tent in our main Visitor Parking Lot.

Medication Take Back events provide safe locations for disposing of unused or expired medications while also protecting communities and the environment. This includes over-the-counter medications, liquids, needles, inhalers and vitamins.

This is the fourth year Holland Hospital will participate in this community event. During the 2021 take back day, the hospital collected 355 pounds of medication alone. 

Approved opioid collectors — primarily pharmacies and law enforcement agencies ­— and special take back events are the safest and most environmentally friendly means of disposing unneeded medications.

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