(WAFB) - Many different sheriff's offices and police departments, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), are holding events for Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29.
The following events are scheduled:
- Ascension Parish:
- Gonzales Courthouse, 828 S Irma Blvd., Gonzales - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- The Church in Donaldsonville, 613 W 7th St., Donaldsonville - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Iberville Parish:
- Plaquemine Police Department, 23540 Railroad Ave., Plaquemine - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- St. Mary Parish:
- Walmart, 973 Hwy. 90, Bayou Vista - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Walgreens, 2030 Main St., Franklin - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- West Feliciana Parish:
- Shopping Center located at the intersection of Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 10 - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Residents can bring expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to be disposed of. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles. Only pills or patches will be taken.
According to the DEA, last October, Americans turned in 366 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and at more than 4,000 sites operated by state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous take back events, the DEA and its partners have collected more than 7.1 million pounds of pills.
The event addresses a public safety and health issue. Medicines that remain in cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse, abuse, and theft. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high and studies have shown a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.
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