Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday September 29th
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office will have another prescription drug take back day. You can bring them any prescription drugs that are expired or that you no longer take. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Lafayette Consolidated Government Building located at 705 W University Avenue.
Captain Kip Judice tells KPEL, "You should clean out your medicine cabinet once every six months at least. We have a take back program now every March and September."
The program will be a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, local and state law enforcement agencies for local residents to hopefully reduce the risk of accidental ingestion of expired or wrong prescription drugs.
Judice says, "We have had instances where people have accidentally taken the medicine from a medicine cabinet and it may be something that is expired or for someone in their household who had died. When you take the wrong the stuff, it is not a good thing, especially if you have an allergy to that type of medicine, it can be deadly."
You can bring in expired, unwanted or prescription drugs which were prescribed to a person who is no longer in need of these prescriptions. Authorities say you should clean out your medicine chest and cabinets at least two times a year.
Judice says "In March we had a huge turnout for people wanting to get of stuff that they have. It is a good opportunity. It's not a good idea to flush or throw out drugs in the trash. Be safe and bring them this event - it is just the way to go.
You will be able to go to the location, and drive through to drop of the medicines. There will be no questions asked. He says all prescription medication will be properly disposed of through the DEA.
The Lafayette Consolidated Government building is at the intersection of West University and St. Landry Street from 10 AM until 2 PM. Anyone needing more details is asked to call Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office at 236-5614.