LPSO to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will partner with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 26. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., medications can be brought to the collection station at the main entrance of Ochsner St. Anne Hospital located at 4608 Highway 1 in Raceland.
 
This effort helps prevent pill abuse by allowing people to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs by turning them over to our Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force for destruction. The service is free, anonymous, and no questions are asked. Residents are reminded that the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office provides this service year-round as residents can drop off unused medications on any weekday at the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force office, located at 5200 Highway 1 in Raceland. Saturday’s effort, in contrast, utilizes a “neutral site” (hospital) and takes place on a weekend.
 
During the last Take Back Day in October, Americans turned in over 647,211 pounds (324 tons) of prescription drugs at more than 5,00 sites around the country. In the seven previous Take Back events combined, the DEA and its partners took in over 3.4 million pounds (1,700+ tons) of pills.
 
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.
 
All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
 
Items that will not be accepted include intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes (due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens).

LPSO to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

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