Acadiana participates in National Prescription Take Back Day

Posted October 29, 2017

The BPD is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration in a national take back day, targeting opioids and other prescription medications.

Six location sites will be set up from 10 2 p.m. Saturday in locations ranging from Beaumont to Port Arthur, locally. We encourage citizens to clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in old and used prescription drugs so they can be disposed of safely. The president's national health emergency declaration opens certain federal funds to drug treatment groups, among other things. The East Hills site will accept all prescription and over-the counter drugs and substances, including "sharps" such as needles.

If you can't make it to the mall this Saturday, you can drop off your unused or outdated prescription medications every day at the Missoula Police Department receptacle. The DEA estimates the events have resulted in more than 8 million pounds of pills being turned over to the agency.

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"There are frightful unintended consequences associated with keeping unused prescription drugs in the home", Attorney General Hunter said.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

According to the DEA, flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash poses potential safety and health hazards. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.