Prescription Medication Misuse




Prescription Medication Misuse

According to the Shiawassee County Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by Memorial Healthcare in 2016, 16% of adults reported that they had used medication not prescribed to them or took more than subscribed to feel good or high during the past 6 months. Prescription misuse can result in death. Twelve opioid related deaths were reported in the 2019 Office of the Medical Examiner Drug Report released from Sparrow Hospital.

Shiawassee Prevention Network (SPN) partners encourage county residents to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medication to protect their loved ones and community members. If there are prescription drugs in your household, they should be kept in a lock box or locked cabinet.

Shiawassee County has five drop off locations for prescription drugs. Items accepted include all pills. No syringes, inhalers, or liquids can be disposed; however, liquids can be disposed on a paper towel that was left to air dry.

Drop off locations:

  • Corunna: Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office

  • Durand: City Hall

  • Owosso: Memorial Healthcare and Owosso Public Safety Department

  • Perry: City Hall

SPN participates in Drug Take Back events throughout the year, and between 2019-2020 SPN participated in 4 events! Community events took place at the Shiawassee Family YMCA and the Owosso and Durand Council’s on Aging.

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Encourage family and friends to dispose of prescription drugs immediately after they are done using them. Pay attention to your children, who are they hanging out with and how they are doing in school.

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Shiawassee Families Against Narcotics (FAN) provides monthly community forums to provide support, education and resources for those seeking recovery, those in recovery, family members affected by addiction and community supporters. This group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7PM-8PM. For more information visit them on Facebook: Shiawassee Families Against Narcotics.


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