Acadiana participates in National Prescription Take Back Day

Kristen Gonzales
October 29, 2017

It's time again to get rid of leftover prescription drugs in your medicine cabinets by turning them in at designated collection sites on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, Oct. 28.

Unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicine may be dropped off at any of the hundreds of secure locations throughout the state. People wishing to dispose of medications can do so between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Police officials will accept pills and other solid forms of medication, but will not accept liquids, needles or sharps. The organization campaigns against the heroin and opioid epidemic through public education using media resources, neighborhood drug-free initiatives and addiction referrals.

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If you can't make it to the mall this Saturday, you can drop off your unused or outdated prescription medications every day at the Missoula Police Department receptacle. The Indiana State Police Versailles Post will be one of many taking pills, no questions asked. "The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the nation's opioid epidemic, which has led to the largest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever seen". Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Some local law enforcement agencies-like the Marquette Police Department-are participating, as well. Since the program began seven years ago, about 8.1 million pounds (more than 4,050 tons) of drugs have been collected nationwide.

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