Gov. Snyder declares this week Opioid Addicition Awareness Week in Michigan

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Governor Snyder has declared this week to be Opioid Addiction Awareness Week in Michigan. This week is being used to bring attention to the dangers of the drug.

Trump signed a bill today to assist in federal funding for more opioid addiction resources for many states, including Michigan.

“I mean this is a very powerful thing. Being addicted to opioids literally changes the chemistry of your brain and until this is dealt with, with a health care response, you won’t have good outcome. This isn’t a character defect, it’s not a willpower issue, it’s a health care issue and it needs to be treated that way, ” said Lt. Governor Brian Calley.

Saturday is the last day of Opioid Addiction Awareness Week and is also National Drug Take Back Day.

“Get rid of those unwanted pills, prescriptions that people just don’t want to use anymore or they don’t want to use anymore and it will reduce the likelihood of someone else getting their hands on them, said F/Lt. Lisa Rish, commander of the MSP Lansing Post.

F/Lt. Rish also said that they collected over 900 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs last year.

The Michigan State Police Lansing and Jackson Post will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. collecting unwanted prescription drugs. They said they are only accepting pills, so no needles, liquids or inhalers.

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