Wyandotte taking back prescriptions

WYANDOTTE – The city and the Drug Enforcement Administration will accept unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the Wyandotte Police Department, 2015 Biddle.

The event, the sixth in three years, is free and anonymous and seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse by allowing residents and non residents to safely dispose of potentially harmful pills.

According to a city of Wyandotte press release, medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained through family and friends, including from a home medicine cabinet.

Usual methods of drug disposal – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – also have been found to cause potential safety and health hazards.

The DEA drug disposal events began in 2010 across the country. Last September, 244 tons of prescription drugs were collected at more than 5,200 sites. In its history, the event has helped get more than 2 million pounds of potentially hazardous prescription drugs out of circulation.

For more information, contact the city of Wyandotte at 734-324-4544.