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Local law enforcement agencies participating in prescription take-back initiative

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HOUGHTON – On Saturday the Drug Enforcement Administration is organizing a National Take Back Initiative Day by partnering with local law enforcement agencies across the nation to collect expired or unneeded prescription pills.

Locally, pills will be accepted at the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police Post in Calumet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The community has really been taking advantage of the National Take Back Initiative,” said Detective/Sergeant Thomas Rosemurgy of the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. “We’ve been taking anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds of assorted unwanted prescriptions in just one day of disposal.”

Nationally, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds during a collection last October. Pills can also be dropped off at the Sheriff’s office in a drop box.

“If you’re not able to drop off your unwanted prescriptions this Saturday, feel free to drop it off anytime that is convenient for you,” Rosemurgy said.

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.

Day for Women draws record crowd

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HANCOCK – More than 120 people attended Saturday’s A Day for Women event. This is the fourth year of the event, which saw a 20 percent jump in attendance.

“It was another nice jump in numbers for us,” said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator at Portage Health. “It seemed like everyone left satisfied again this year.”

The event included keynote sessions from registered dietitian Tara Lassila and OB/GYN physician Julie Meyer, breakout sessions with specialized instructors and a slew of community vendors focused on health and wellness.

“Everyone seemed energized and ready to learn,” said Colleen Mayra, who ran the self-defense breakout session.

Plans are already being made for next year, which could include an expansion to a new venue.

“I’ve already received phone calls and e-mails from people that attended complimenting us on everything from food, to the breakout sessions, to the array of vendors,” said Luskin.

To learn more about the women’s health services at Portage Health visit

- Coverage in The Daily Mining Gazette


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