Did you know that one in four Michigan teens has misused or abused prescription medication? Communities across the U.P. and the country are fighting to halt prescription drug abuse and the opioid epidemic. Marquette County Cares has joined forces with the U.P. Coalition Network, to reach out to our U.P. community about safe drug disposal.

Most often, medications are taken from a family medicine cabinet. Keeping expired or leftover prescriptions in the home can lead to accidents, overdoses, or abuse. To keep our teens safe, you can now safely dispose of unwanted prescription pills at locations in 14 Upper Peninsula counties. Proper disposal of unneeded prescriptions and over-the-counter medications help prevent substance abuse. Safe disposal—rather than flushing pills or burying them in landfills—also reduces groundwater contamination.
 
Marquette Year Round Drug Take Back Web 

Law enforcement officers remind you to always transport medications in their original containers. When arriving at the drop off location, you will need to transfer the pills into a plastic bag before putting them in the drop box.

Contact Marquette County Solid Waste Management for more information about household medication collection and waste management programs, at 906-249-4125. For information about other UP prevention services, visit UPprevention.org

Community Resources in Marquette County
Alcoholics Anonymous of Marquette County (Area 74 District 18) provides support for individuals seeking long term sobriety from alcohol.
Narcotics Anonymous for Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin provides support for individuals seeking long term sobriety from chemical addiction.
WAIT21 provides youth support to prevent early substance use.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides supports for individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by any mental health issue including substance use disorders.
Northcare Network provides phone screening for access to services for substance use disorders.
Great Lakes Recovery Centers provides substance use disorder treatment in a variety of levels of care.