Michigan State Police will partner with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and local police in a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this coming weekend.
All 29 state police posts will accept expired, unused and unwanted medicine on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
They won't accept inhalers, patches, syringes or liquids, but everything else can be turned in with no questions asked.
State Police Director Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue says Take-Back Day provides a safe and confidential way to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs and helps prevent potential hazards of the misuse of these medications.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.