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6050 Cass Avenue


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Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10am-2pm
In 2016, approximately 12 percent of college students reported using prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them within the past year. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. As part of the the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the Wayne State University Police Department will be collecting prescriptions that are expired or no longer needed at their headquarters, located at 6050 Cass Avenue, at Burroughs, two blocks north of the I-94/Ford freeway. On Saturday, October 28, 2017, starting at 10:00 am, the WSUPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 14th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your expired your unused medication for disposal to the WSUPD at 6050 Cass Avenue at Burroughs. (Sorry, we cannot accept needles or sharps, only liquid medication, pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills. This Prescription Drug Take Back 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 as well as concerns for environmental contamination. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28th Take Back Day event, including event locations near you, go to the DEA Diversion website and the below link. Other collection sites will not have the extended days and hours offered at the WSUPD collection site - see NOTE below - NOTE: The official date and hours for this National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event is Saturday, October 28th, 2017, from 10 am to 2 pm. Because many WSU students, staff and faculty are only on campus Monday through Friday and may not be available to come to campus for a 4 hour window on Saturday, October 28th, 2017, the WSUPD is extending the number of days and hours for this important safety initiative. The WSUPD Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection box will be available, STARTING at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 and will be continually available 24/7, for the following six days, until 4:00 pm on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. So come down anytime, starting on Saturday morning, October 28th, or anytime next week.. Please feel free to park directly in front of our building and stop inside the front door. Look for the red collection bin in our lobby. Please place all medication bottles inside a provided Zip Lock bag and seal the bag prior to disposal in the red collection bin.