National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 28, 2017 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Bring your unused or expired prescriptions to APD to dispose of them.

10 am – 2 pm
Alexandria Public Safety Complex
1000 Bolton Avenue

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.

U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE URGES PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN DRUG TAKE-BACK DRIVE

Press Release – SHREVEPORT, LAFAYETTE, MONROE, ALEXANDRIA, LAKE CHARLES, La. – Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook urges the public to discard unused prescription drugs this weekend at area collection sites during Drug Take-Back Day.

On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies across the Western District of Louisiana will give the public its 14th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. 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 more than 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 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 United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses because of 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.

The DEA will have collection sites across the country on Saturday, October 28, for those who are interested in bringing their unused or expired prescription drugs for

proper disposal. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites – liquids and needles or other sharp objects will not be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Prescription drugs can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 28, at:

Shreveport

• Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Safety Town in the parking lot of Summer Grove Baptist Church, 8910 Jewella Ave.


Bossier City

• Louisiana State Police Troop G office, 5300 Industrial Drive


Monroe

• Louisiana State Police Troop F office, 1240 Highway 594

• Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy, 1801 North 18th St.

• Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy, 4070 Highway 165

• Super One, 2810 Louisville Ave.


Alexandria

• Louisiana State Police Troop E office, 1710 Odom St.

• Alexandria Police Department, 1000 Bolton Ave.


Lafayette

• Louisiana State Police Troop I office, 121 E. Pont Des Mouton Road

• Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, 1825 W. Willow Street


Broussard

• Broussard Police Department at Walgreen’s parking lot, 105 St. Nazaire St.


Lake Charles

• Lake Charles Police Department at 900 Lake Short Drive (Civic Center)

• Louisiana State Police Troop D office, 805 Main St.


Morgan City

• Walgreens, 815 Brashear Ave.

• Walmart Neighborhood Market parking lot, 1002 La.-70

• Walmart Super Center, 973 Highway 90-East


The public can also find other nearby collection sites by visiting the DEA Diversion website or call 800-882-9539.


 

Press Release – The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the D.E.A. for the National Drug Take Back Day.  Deputies will be at the Hudson Creek community center and at the Georgetown Town hall on Saturday, October 28, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Anyone can drop off any unused or unwanted medicine, with no questions asked.

Louisiana State Police to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Press Release – The Louisiana State Police, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in the “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, October 28, 2017. This initiative provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for medication abuse. 

This program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Unused medicine that remains in the home is highly susceptible to diversion and misuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Expired, unused, and unwanted medications may be brought for disposal from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on October 28 to the Louisiana State Police Troop location nearest you. This service is free and anonymous and is a great opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted or unused prescription drugs to dispose of them safely. More information on the initiative can be found by visiting

www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

Directions to the Troop location nearest you may be obtained by visiting our website, www.LSP.org .

 

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