Louisiana State Police take part in DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Most Louisiana State Police troop locations will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The DEA’s Take-Back initiative aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for medication abuse.

Numerous prescription drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from family and friends. Medicines that languish in the home are highly susceptible to diversion and misuse, and many citizens understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables can help prevent accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines.

In the most recent DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in May of this year, the DEA through its partner agencies collected and destroyed close to one million pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs, making it the most successful event in DEA history. According to the DEA, this brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected since the fall of 2010 to 9,964,714 pounds or 4,982 tons.

Expired, unused, and unwanted medications may be brought for disposal from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on October 27 to the nearest participating Louisiana State Police Troop location. 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 may be found by visiting www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

All Louisiana State Police troop locations are participating except for Troop A in Baton Rouge and Troop C in Gray. Directions to the nearest troop location may be obtained by visiting our website, www.LSP.org, or by dialing *LSP (*577) from a cellular telephone.

Contributed by La. State Police