Saturday is National Prescription Take Back Day

Metro Detroit is in the throes of America's opioid epidemic but a way to curb the crisis is making sure your prescription drugs don't end up in the wrong hands.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is your opportunity to help the country combat the opioid epidemic. It is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28th.

The Detroit Police Department has been participating in the effort for the past seven years.

"We're trying to stop the heroine from growing in the community," said Lt. Lashanna Potts, Detroit police. "One way people get addicted is they go into their parents' medicine cabinet, get out old pills, get addicted to prescription drugs and that leads to a gateway to something higher."

This weekend you may drop off your unused or expired medications in boxes at your local precinct.

"Anything in pill form, powder form, we're taking it," Potts said.

Potts says the response from the public over the years has been positive.

"The citizens are always overwhelming," she said. "Anytime we reach out to them our citizens come out. Our goal is to get a couple of thousand pounds."

Once you drop off your unused or expired medications, here's what happens next.

"Then we turn it over to the DEA, they weigh it, they tag it and then they destroy it," Pott said.

This effort is happening on Saturday nationwide. There will be plenty of locations for you to stop by in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties.

To find a location near you visit www.dea.gov.
 

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