Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Police, DEA partner for drug take back program in Dearborn, Heights

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Sammy Stanley | 25 October, 2017, 00:29

It's part of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency's National Drug Take Back Initiative, which provides the public with an environmentally safe way to dispose of potentially risky drugs. (The DEA can not accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. "Opiate and heroin abuse are often fueled by prescription drug abuse". Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the numbers of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Since the first Take-Back event in Alabama, in September of 2010, the program continues to increase in the amount of drugs collected. Studies show that two out of three teenagers who misused pain relievers say they got them from family and friends, including their home's medicine cabinet. The effort seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs. In April, almost 150 law enforcement agencies in MI participated, collecting more than 20,300 pounds of medications at about 200 collection sites statewide, according to the DEA.

The events, in conjunctions with the Drug Enforcement Administration, give the public an opportunity to prevent drug abuse and theft by getting rid of potentially unsafe, expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

Residents can dispose of medications year-round by dropping them off at the Sheriff's Office medicine collection drop box, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

-City of Delavan Police Department, 123 S. Second St., Delavan, 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. Liquids and syringes are not accepted at these locations. To find a location close to your home, go to www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback and click on "Locate a Collection Site Near You".

For more information, contact Officer Youlanda Leverette at 770-974-1232.

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