According to a release from the Plaquemine Police Department, officials with the department along with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host its Take Back Day event on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
PPD and DEA state that this event will give the public its 13th opportunity in the last seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of “potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.”
This free and anonymous service will allow the PPD and DEA to dispose of these pills. They cannot accept liquids or needles, only pills or patches.
According to the release, Americans across the country turned in 366 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners, like the PPD, last October.
Since the inception of Take Back Day events, the DEA and their partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds (more than 3,500 tons) of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, the DEA explained. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
According to the release, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are 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, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, the PPD and DEA explained that usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, including flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, post both potential safety and health hazards.
Those interested are asked to bring their pills for disposal to the Plaquemine Police Department at 23540 Railroad Ave. in Plaquemine.
For more information about he disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, visit the DEA Diversion website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.