Drug Take-Back Day: Majority of prescription drug abusers get supply from unused medication

Drug take-back day held in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic and most abusers say they get their drugs from family and friends. For this reason, the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day hopes to help educate as well as provide a safe way to dispose of unused prescription drugs.

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, people can bring expired, unused, and unwanted medications 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.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills.

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 locaton go to www.LSP.org or dial *LSP (*577) from your cell phone. If your area is not listed in this story, please contact your local sheriff's office.

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