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Law enforcement agencies to host prescription drug take-back

Last Modified: Friday, September 28, 2012 7:39 PM

From staff reports

Law enforcement agencies will give residents a chance to rid their homes of expired medications today during the Fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Drugs can be turned in at two locations — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the state police Troop D headquarters, 805 Main St., and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, 5400 E. Broad St.

At the last event, held April 28, Troop D collected about 20 pounds of pills, Sgt. James Anderson said. Nationwide, close to 280 tons of prescription drugs were collected at sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local authorities.

Anderson said those participating in the program will remain anonymous. Officers will not handle medications.

“We’re there to make sure nobody takes drugs out that are put in the containers,” Anderson has said. “The drugs are then bundled up and forwarded to the DEA for a disposal process.”

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs will be collected. Syringes, intravenous solutions, injectibles and illegal drugs will not be accepted.

Leftover prescription drugs pose dangers of theft, abuse and even accidental poisoning, officials said. Additionally, the standard practice of flushing old medicine down the toilet or throwing it in the trash can lead to safety and health hazards.

For more information, call Troop D at 491-2932 or the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3700.

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