National Drug Take Back Day set for Saturday - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

National Drug Take Back Day set for Saturday

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

Multiple local, state and federal agencies will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.

The program gives residents a chance to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Expired, unused and unwanted medications may be brought in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at multiple locations in Southwest Louisiana.

Lake Charles police will be at the North parking lot of the Civic Center, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will take medications at their main office at 5400 E. Broad St. in Lake Charles and state police will have a collection site at their office at 805 Main St. in Lake Charles.

Other law enforcement agencies participating include: DeRidder Police (200 S. Jefferson St., DeRidder), the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office (412 Bolivar Bishop Drive, DeRidder), Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office (321 E. Plaquemine St., Jennings).

You can search for location near you by going to http://1.usa.gov/1prJHuY

During the Take Back Day in October, Americans turned in over 647,211 pounds of prescription drugs at over 5,683 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In the previous Take Back events combined, DEA and its partners took in over 3 million pounds of prescription medications.

The program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are 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. The usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can potentially pose 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 intra-venous solutions, injectables, and syringes (due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens).

Illicit substances such as marijuana and methamphetamines are not part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

The program is completely anonymous and every effort will be made to protect the anonymity of participants. No questions or requests for identification will be made. All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process. Law enforcement personnel will not handle the medications at any time.

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