Prescription Drug Take Back Day Planned for Saturday, October 29

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will partner with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Saturday, October 29, 2011 for the third National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This one-day effort provides an opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to the Lafourche Parish Narcotics Section for destruction. The service is free, anonymous, and no questions are asked.

Collections will take place from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at the following locations:
– LPSO Galliano Sub-Station (102 W. 91st Street)
– LPSO Personnel Building (5200 Highway 1 in Raceland)
– Ochsner St. Ann General Hospital – front parking lot (4608 Highway 1 in Raceland)
– Thibodaux Police Department (1309 Canal Blvd)

“This initiative provides a safe way to dispose of these potentially dangerous medications and symbolizes a commitment from agencies nationwide to halt this disturbing trend,” said Sheriff Webre. “We encourage all citizens to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of unused medication properly, preventing the possibility of misuse.”

According to the DEA, many Americans do not realize the hazards of leaving old and expired prescription medications in their homes. These drugs are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, and most of the time, they are being provided by family members or friends. According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the number of people currently abusing prescription drugs is two-and-a half times the number of those using cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants combined.

Saturday’s event marks the third National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Over 309 tons of unused medication and expired drugs were collected in the previous two events. For more information and a list of collection sites nationwide, visit www.dea.gov and click on the “Got Drugs?” banner at the top of the page.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day Planned for Saturday, October 29

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