Acadiana Residents Can Get Rid Of Old Prescription Drugs
The DEA, along with Louisiana State Police will be holding a different kind of drive at their different troops throughout Louisiana this Saturday.
Trooper Stephen Hammons tells KPEL all Louisiana State Police locations will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Troop I headquarters is located right near the intersection of I-49 and Pont des Mouton. The physical address is 121 East Pont Des Mouton Road.
Hammons says whether or not you have medicine that is outdated, or if you have prescription medicine that you just did not finish, you can drop them off at the Troop this Saturday morning. He says the medicines will then be turned over to the National Drug Enforcement Agency for their disposal. According to the press release from Louisiana State Police, "Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse."
Here is the information about tomorrow's event:
- Controlled (those substances which require a doctor’s prescription), non-controlled, and over the counter substances will be collected.
- All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process. Law enforcement personnel will not handle the medications at any time.
- Participants may dispose of medication in its 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 the original container. Make sure the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
- Syringes, intravenous solutions, injectables, and illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines are not part of this initiative, and should not be placed in collection containers.