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Police Department Hosts 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 28

On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Farmington Hills Police Department will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in hosting Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at Police Headquarters located at 31655 Eleven Mile Road.  This effort will safely and anonymously remove potentially dangerous controlled substances (any medication requiring a prescription) from homes throughout the community.
On April 29, the Police Department participated in the spring Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and collected 156 pounds of prescription drugs, which were then destroyed by the DEA in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.  On that date, over 5,500 sites nation-wide collected a record amount – more than 450 tons – of prescription drugs in an effort to help stop substance abuse and save lives.
According to the National Safety Council, teens today are more likely to have abused a prescription drug than an illegal street drug.  Over 70% of those who abused prescription painkillers reported getting them through friends or relatives.  Expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs accessible in homes help to fuel this abuse and are an unacceptable risk to health and safety in the community.
Residents of any city may participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  Prescription drugs are accepted anonymously in any type of container; no identifying information is required.  For more information, call the Investigative Division at 248-871-2770.




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