Dearborn Heights police, DEA partner for drug take back program

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You can turn in your unused or expired prescription medication on Saturday, October 28, from 10 AM until to 2 PM at Loveland Elementary School, 600 Lebanon Madeira Road, and Loveland Middle School, 801 S. Lebanon Road, with convenient drive-thru drop-offs.

We now know that the usual ways of disposing of unused medicines, like throwing them away or flushing down the toilet, pose a health and safety hazards. The objective of these Drug Take Back Days is to allow citizens to safely dispose of unused or unwanted prescription drugs in an environmentally safe manner and keep those drugs out of the hands of unauthorized persons or juveniles. In the 13 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 8.1 million pounds - or more than 4,050 tons - of pills. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

In the USA the rates of prescription drug abuse are shockingly high, as are the number of accidental overdoses and poisonings due to these drugs.

The collection location in Santa Barbara will be at La Cumbre Plaza, 121 S. Hope Ave.; the drop off is north of Starbucks on the sidewalk facing the parking lot.

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The DEA can not accept needles or sharps or liquids, only pills and patches.

This service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Everyone is invited to stop by, to chat with the officers, and to deposit unwanted medications for safe destruction.

Unwanted prescription pills can also be disposed of year-round at the Morristown Police Department, Lamoille County Sheriff's Department and the Hardwick Police Department.