April 15, 2014

DEA and Louisiana Law Enforcement to Hold National Prescription Drug Take-back Day Statewide

Blue Cross Plans will support drug safety April 26 along with state police, city police and sheriffs’ departments across the country

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local law enforcement partners will help the public safely rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

State police, sheriffs’ offices and city police departments, along with Blue Cross Plans across the country, are joining the DEA in support of the eighth National Prescription Drug Take-back Day.

In the greater Baton Rouge area, the public can bring their unused prescription medication to one of the following locations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 26. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

  • Louisiana State Police Troop A, 17801 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
  • Zachary Police Department, 4510 Main Street, Zachary, LA 70791

State and local law enforcement agencies will staff collection events across the nation, including multiple drop-off locations throughout Louisiana. The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon and following the links to a database where they can enter their ZIP code.  They can also call 1-800-882-9539.

Americans participating in DEA’s seven previous Take-back Days have turned in more than 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of expired or unwanted prescription drugs, most recently at more than 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its law enforcement partners last October. In April 2013, a single Baton Rouge site staffed by Blue Cross and QVL Pharmacy volunteers took in more than 85 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

National Prescription Drug Take-back Day provides a venue for the public to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs safely and in an environmentally friendly way. It also addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as is the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from their home medicine cabinets. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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