About our take back events
Community opioid and medication take back events provide a safe process for disposing of unused opioids and other prescription medications while protecting our communities, children, and environment. Increasing safe and convenient opportunities for community members to dispose of their unused and leftover medications is essential for preventing opioid abuse before it begins.
Michigan OPEN hosts biannual take back events in the spring and fall. Through partnerships with law enforcement and community health organizations, we are able to support locations across the state of Michigan.
Our results since 2017
19,000 pounds of pills collected
235,000 opioid pills
Take Back Event partners in 39 Michigan counties
Bring an event to your community
1. Take a look at the resources in the Medication Take Back Event Toolkit.
2. Fill out the event interest form.
3. Michigan OPEN will contact you directly to assist with the next steps in planning your event.
- Why host a take back event?
A recent study found most of the teens reporting use of prescription medications obtained them from friends or family members, with 20-25% reporting taking them without permission. Leftover opioids also pose a poison risk to young children. Every 10 minutes a child visits the emergency room for medication poisoning.
Increasing safe and convenient opportunities for community members to dispose of their unused and leftover medications is essential to preventing opioid abuse before it starts.
Medication take back events are a great opportunity for community organizations and passionate individuals to come together to make a difference in their local community.
- What is required to host a take back event?
A medication take back event requires:
- Law enforcement partnership
The Michigan OPEN Medication Take Back Event Guide and our team can assist you with planning and management of your take back event.