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Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day

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Safely dispose of your unwanted medication at MSP Post in Calumet from 10 – 2


On October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Michigan State Police post in Calumet, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Michigan State Police Post in Calumet. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

National Drug Takeback Day 2013Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA, and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons — of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 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 — pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or pet or their family member or owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

2013 Michigan Harvest Gathering underway at Portage Health

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Portage Health is once again partnering with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) for the 23rd annual Michigan Harvest Gathering non-perishable food drive.

Michigan Harvest Gathering 2013 LogoAll of the food gathered goes to hungry Michigan families through the Food Bank Council of Michigan. In the Copper Country, all food donated will go to the Western U.P. Food Bank in Houghton.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year because we’re able to help so many people within our community,” said Mark Pittillo, nutrition services director at Portage Health. “Hopefully we’ll have help from people all over the community again this year as we once again look to be one of the most active donation sites in the state.”

Deposit bins are setup in the main Portage Health lobby in Hancock, at Portage Health’s rehab office in Calumet, the Lake Linden and University Center clinics, and Portage Health Houghton, home of the Fitness Center and Express Care.

Portage Health has increased its collection total each of the past two years, reaching 5,000 pounds in 2012. This year the hospital is hoping to donate more than 10,000 pounds!

In addition to collecting food at the mentioned Portage Health locations, there will be collection sites at both Houghton and Hancock high schools throughout the week, at the Copper Bowl football game Friday night and at the Michigan Tech football and hockey games Saturday.

Collections at Portage Health will continue until Thursday, Oct. 31.


500 Campus Drive
Hancock, MI 49930
(906) 483-1000


921 W. Sharon Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 483-1777

Express Care 


945 Ninth Street
Lake Linden, MI 49945
(906) 483-1030


751 S. Seventh Street
Ontonagon, MI 49953
(906) 884-4120


600 MacInnes Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 483-1860

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