According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 7.4 percent of youth ages 12-17 reported the nonmedical use of prescription drugs in 2011.
That's why local police departments and law enforcement officals are joining the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fifth annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday.
The Dearborn Police Department is one of many locations that will be taking in pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
According to the department, the national take-back initiative will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.
Chief Ronald Haddad added that expired, unused, or unwanted controlled substances in homes are a potential source of supply that fuel abuse and are an unacceptable risk to the public’s health and safety.
“It is important to ensure that controlled substances are disposed of properly to prevent accidental ingestion by children or abuse by others," he said in a statement.
During the event, collection boxes will be provided by the DEA. Destruction of the materials will be accomplished in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. Residents of any city can use the collection boxes at the Dearborn Police Department.
No liquids or needles will be accepted.
The Dearborn Police Department is located at 16099 Michigan Ave.