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Ditch Your Drugs: Dearborn Police to Host Prescription Meds Take Back Saturday

Dearborn residents can drop off unused and expired prescription medications for the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29.

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.

Lee Jacobsen September 29, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Perhaps I am missing something here, but why bother adding costs to our govt officials and police, wasting their time, when folk can simply toss the surplus pills, heroin, cocaine, meths, etc into a garbage bin themselves? That way, the paranoid ones won't be filmed on video etc and inadvertently added to the drug enforcement information system. Many think the whole "war on drugs' is a waste of money anyway, sort of like the 'war on alcohol' in the prohibition days of the twenties. Here is some data on same http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2012/07/09/is-it-time-to-legalize-illicit-drugs/
City of Dearborn October 01, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I think the idea is that this way, they are disposed of properly and destroyed, so that, say, a pill bottle can't be dug out of someone's trash. But I think it's just as much an awareness event to rid one's home of old, unused drugs, too - the DEA said they received 1.6 million pounds in 2011! Whatever the federal government's motivation, my thought was that it's a good reminder that prescription drugs shouldn't be floating around a home for children to "experiment" with - especially if they're pills that aren't even valid, or needed.

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