DEARBORN (WWJ) — Police stations across the state will be taking back unused or expired prescription drugs as part of the bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The Dearborn Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public a chance to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Dearborn Police Station — located at 16099 Michigan Ave — between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today.
Police say they can’t accept liquids or needles.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Authorities say medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.
The Michigan State Police are also participating in today’s event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Michigan State Police’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day ‘Take-Back’ effort, and like the Dearborn Police they will not accept liquids or needles.
“This is an excellent opportunity to take a look at the medicines that have collected in your medicine cabinet and properly dispose of something that could potentially be dangerous,” Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, said in a statement. “Opioid abuse is a serious public health and public safety issue here in Michigan and nationwide. We will do whatever we can to help decrease all too common prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses.”
Locations of all of the participating police stations in today’s event can be found here.