Police accepting prescription drugs for proper disposal

DEARBORN — The Police Department will be accepting pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Police Chief Ronald Haddad said it is important to ensure that controlled substances are disposed of properly to prevent accidental ingestion by children or abuse by others.

Expired, unused or unwanted controlled substances in homes are a potential source of supply that fuel this abuse and are an unacceptable risk to the public’s health and safety, Haddad said.

During the event, collection boxes will be provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration. 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 Police Department.

The department will be joining other local and state law enforcement agencies across the country and partnering with the DEA to coordinate this one-day collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s homes.