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Oakland County Coalitions Join Law Enforcement for
National Drug Take-Back Day
Pontiac, MI - September 21, 2015
Representatives from prevention coalitions in Oakland County will be on hand at local law enforcement agencies on Saturday, September 26, 2015, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Thanks to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office's Prescription Drug Take-Back Program Operation Medicine Cabinetâ„¢ (OMC), and in cooperation with local prevention coalitions and the Oakland County Health Division, there are 32 permanent OMC drop-off sites, including 13 Sheriff's Office locations and 19 additional law enforcement locations around the County.
"We are committed to tackling the problem of prescription drug abuse, and providing a way to properly dispose of unused or expired prescriptions is one way to do that," said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.  "Whether it is the DEA's Take Back Day or dropping your prescriptions at one of the year-round Operation Medicine Cabinet sites, please dispose of your unused prescriptions, and keep them out of the hands of unauthorized users."

For drop box locations and times of operation visit:

Congressman Sander Levin, a long-time supporter of Oakland County prevention coalitions said, "Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a vital effort that helps keep our communities safe. I'm pleased that ACHC was recently awarded additional funding so they can continue the critical work they do."
Rates of prescription drug misuse and opiate overdoses are rising at an alarming rate. Safe disposal of expired or unneeded prescription drugs is vital to keeping dangerous medications out of the hands of the youth, and curbing this epidemic. More information on prescription drug misuse prevention can be found at  .
Prescription drug misuse is a growing problem. Disposing of prescription medications safely is a great opportunity for community members to help reduce the threat.
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Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, founded in 2004, is a 15 coalition prevention partnership based in Oakland County and funded in part by Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority. In September 2015, the ACHC was awarded the Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grant. ACHC also represents the Oakland County chapter of Families Against Narcotics (FAN). Together, the members mobilize a diverse group of persons and organizations from all community sectors to take coordinated action in building healthier communities. For more information call (248) 221-7101 or visit .

[i] SAMHSA.  Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:  Detailed Tables (September 2014).
[ii] University of Michigan.  Monitoring the Future Study (December 2014).  
[iii] University of Michigan.  Monitoring the Future Study (December 2014).  

Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities
(248) 221-7101
1075 Featherstone  Pontiac, MI  48342