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Novi Police taking back unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday

Release date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Contact: David E. Molloy, Director of Public Safety / Chief of Police 248-347-0504

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On Saturday, October 28 from 10am to 2pm, the Novi Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will provide citizens another opportunity to discard potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Anyone with unwanted medications may bring them for disposal to Novi Police Headquarters, 45125 Ten Mile, between Novi and Taft Roads. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (over 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and thousands of state and local law enforcement partners, including over 145 pounds of unwanted or expired pills at the Novi Police Department.

The Novi Police Department also invites residents to drop off unwanted prescription drugs at any time. The police department accepts unwanted drugs 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the front lobby.

Find out more information on the Novi Police Department..