SAGINAW, MI—Looking to responsibly dispose of old medications?
The Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center of Saginaw, 1500 Weiss Street in Saginaw, will endeavor to comply with the Opioid Act for the Disposal of Unused Drugs and Prescriptions (DUMP).
The law was signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden on July 29, 2021, and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish designated time periods for controlled substance prescriptions to be dropped off free at covered VA facilities, no doubt.
These drop-in events are open to the public, not just veterans or active duty military.
During the recovery event which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, hospital police will be stationed in the lobby of the medical center to direct those who may wish to dispose of medication including expired controlled substance prescription medications and over-the-counter medications.
In a statement shared by the VA, drop-off events will also include items not appropriate for regular waste disposal, such as needles/medical needles, other medical waste or illegal substances.
The hospital holds its designated medication take-back days to coincide with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) bi-annual national prescription take-back days, which occur twice a year on a Saturday during the months of April. and October.
For more information on the AV or recovery event, visit va.gov/saginaw-health-care/.
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