La. collects more than 4,000 lbs of drugs during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

La. collects more than 4,000 lbs of drugs during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The 2019 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was held Saturday, Oct. 26. (Source: unsplash.com)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was held Saturday, Oct. 26, and in Louisiana, more than 4,000 lbs of unwanted or expired drugs were collected.

Nationwide, participants turned in 882,919 lbs of medications, the DEA says. Since the event was launched in 2010, the DEA has collected 12.7 million lbs of drugs. In Louisiana specifically, the 2019 event collected 4,294 lbs of unwanted/expired drugs.

“DEA’s Take Back Day events provide citizens with a safe way to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs and to reduce the threat they pose to public health and safety. Residents in this four-state region took an important step in reducing the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse by turning in over 40,000 lbs of medications. DEA thanks the public for their support in this effort to keep these drugs out of the wrong hands. In an effort to combat another emerging public health threat - particularly to our nation’s youth - we’re pleased to have extended the same opportunity to those looking to dispose of harmful vaping products,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brad Byerley.

The DEA’s New Orleans Field Division, which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas, collected 40,808 lbs of prescription drugs.

DRUGS COLLECTED

  • ALABAMA - 5,127 lbs
  • ARKANSAS - 27,575 lbs
  • LOUISIANA - 4,294 lbs
  • MISSISSIPPI - 3,813 lbs

The DEA puts on the event each year to provide people with a safe way to dispose of unwanted or expired prescriptions drugs.

“The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.”
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