How do I?
2149 E. Napier
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Phone: (269) 926-7121
Next to alcohol and marijuana, the most common illegal drugs teens are using to get high are prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.
A survey of teens ages 13-18 conducted by the Berrien County Substance Abuse Prevention Services in 2011 found that:
According to a report by the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2008:
What can you do to help prevent your child or others from misusing prescription and OTC drugs?
Where Can I Dispose of Prescription Drugs and Medical Waste?
You can dispose of old and unneeded prescription medications at one of several MedReturn Drug Collection Units that are found throughout Berrien County. The medications may be dropped off with no questions asked and are open for disposal during regular business hours Monday-Friday. The medications should be placed in a sealable plastic bag or can be disposed of in their original containers.
MedReturn Drug Collection Unit Locations:
Rx Disposal and Home Medical Waste Collections are held each year throughout the months of April through October in Berrien County where unused/outdated pills, liquid medication, medical sharps/needles, medical aerosols and patches can be disposed of properly. It is important for parents and grandparents to take a regular inventory of the contents of medicine cabinets, bureau tops or anywhere in the house where medicines may be stored so they are less accessible to teens.