A national effort to get potentially dangerous prescription drugs out of homes comes to Farmington Hills on April 28.
The Farmington Hills Police Department will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Police Headquarters, 31655 W. 11 Mile Rd. All prescription drugs may be dropped off anonymously in any type of container; no identification is required.
During the 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in October 2017, the department collected over 159 pounds of prescription drugs, which were then destroyed by the DEA in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. At Police Departments across the country, a total of 456 tons of unused or expired prescription drugs were collected during October 2017 Take-Back Day events.
According to the National Safety Council, teens are more likely to have abused a prescription drug than an illegal street drug; 70 percent of those who abused prescription painkillers reported getting them through friends or relatives. Expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs accessible in homes can fuel this abuse and are an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.
Residents of any city may participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. To learn more, call 248-871-2770.