WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Metro Health Hospital and the City of Wyoming say they had a successful effort collecting unused medications Saturday.
They also collected devices with mercury inside, like outdated electrical components and thermometers.
The effort, as part of National Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, resulted in people turning in 431.5 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Nationwide, drop-off sites collect those medications, including controlled substances, with no questions asked, in order to keep people from abusing them or disposing of them in a way that lets them into local waterways.
Metro Health's mercury collection saw people get rid of 4.4 pounds of mercury, which was a record, according to the hospital. Those who dropped off a mercury thermometer got a digital thermometer in return from the city.