JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – Walgreens is taking steps to fight prescription drug abuse.
The drugstore chain announced a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to expand a program that offers drug drop-off boxes in dozens of their Michigan stores.
Local lawmakers were at the Walgreens on West Avenue in Jackson Monday morning as the announcement was made.
Wagreens says in the last two years the program has collected 270 tons of unwanted medications.
Pharmacists say the boxes are making a difference for customers.
“Unfortunately they talk about when they’ve had a parent pass, or family member pass, that they are glad they can get rid of the medications so they don’t have to leave them in the house. Definitely gets the medications off the streets, and away from the people who don’t need them,” said Brian Hoffbauer, pharmacy manager of the Walgreens on West Ave.
There will soon be 28 Walgreens drop-boxes in stores across the state.
Walgreens locations in Monroe, Ludington, Macomb, Essexville, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Battle Creek, and Portage will have drop-boxes available after June 5.
You can bring your unwanted meds by during normal pharmacy hours, no questions asked.