The Louisiana State Police Troop I office, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at their office at 121 East Pont Des Mouton Road.

The service is free and anonymous.  If you have unwanted prescription drugs that need to disposed of safely, you can drop them off at State Police Troop I this weekend.

State Police says a 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates there are 6.1 million current non-medical users of psychotherapeutic drugs in the United States. The NSDUH survey further indicates there are more Americans abusing psychotherapeutics than the number of cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogen abusers combined.

Expired, unused, or unwanted controlled substances in our homes are a potential source of supply that fuel this abuse and are an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.

State Police say that rates of prescription drug use are alarmingly high, so now is the time to clean out your cabinets to get rid of drugs that could be stolen and misused.

It is no longer suggested that unused medicines should be flushed down the toilet or throwing them in the trash.  Doing so can potentially pose safety and health hazards.

State Police says that controlled (those substances which require a doctor’s prescription), non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances will be collected.  You can bring them in their original containers or just bring them in a bag if you wish.

State Police says some items will not be accepted including:

  • Intra-venous solutions
  • Injectables
  • Syringes (due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens)
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana and methamphetamines

The program is completely anonymous and every effort will be made to protect the anonymity of participants. No questions or requests for identification will be made.

Directions to the troop location nearest you may be obtained by visiting our website, www.LSP.org, or by dialing *LSP (*577) from your cellular telephone.