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Moolenaar visits state police post on drug take-back day

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Congressman John Moolenaar holds the bag of pills that Mary Foy of Midland brought in for disposal. Flanking Foy and Moolenaar are Trooper William Smith and state Rep. Tim Kelly.

Saturday was National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and Congressman John Moolenaar had a press conference at the Tri-City State Police post near Freeland to mark the occasion.

But only one reporter showed up (your’s truly).

The objective of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is to encourage folks to properly dispose of prescription drugs they no longer need or want.

Moolenaar and state Rep. Tim Kelly greeted and thanked people who came in to dispose of unwanted drugs.

State Police Trooper William Smith, who was also on hand for the event, said people should be aware that visitors to one’s home sometimes steal drugs right out of the medicine cabinet. This reporter has heard the same thing from Gratiot County Sheriff Doug Wright.

The chief cause is addictive opioid pain killers. A person gets a legitimate prescription and develops an addiction. The prescription runs out, and the person become one of the medicine cabinet thieves in search of a fix.

Trooper Smith said that every state police post has a prescription drug disposal station where citizens can drop off unwanted prescription pills anonymously from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday year round. Some 900,000 pounds of drugs are recovered annually this way nationwide, he added.

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