National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Saturday

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana State Police along with the Drug Enforcement Administration will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26. Its purpose is to help get rid of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

Expired, unused, and unwanted medications may be brought for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Police location nearest you. This service is free and anonymous and a great opportunity for residents to dispose of prescription drugs safely. Last year's Take Back Day resulted in over 647,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

Controlled (those substances which require a doctor's prescription), non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances will be collected. Participants may dispose of medications in the original container, or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, the individual should remove any identifying information from the prescription label.

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

This program is completely anonymous- no questions asked.

To find the nearest State Police locaiton go to or dial *LSP (*577) from your cell phone.

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