Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Acadiana plans to take part in National Drug Take Back Day Saturday

Jim Wright Chief County Marshal Jim Wright Chief County Marshal
Marty Perkins | 25 April, 2018, 16:09

The Lewiston Police Department will be conducting prescription drug take back events at three locations this week to allow people to turn in unused or expired medications for safe disposal.

The DEA has collected more than 4,500 tons of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medication since the start of the program.

Drop off is free and anonymous.




There are no other prescription drug take back events in Cumberland County listed on the DEA's website.

Citizens can also take advantage of the prescription drug drop-box located in the lobby of the police department 24/7, 365 days a year. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. A study sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration revealed more than 54 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. "Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs". In home that use septic tanks, prescription drugs that get flushed down the toilet can leach into the ground and seep into ground water.

The annual prescription drug take-back project is set for 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Billings Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave. Only pills and patches can be turned in; no liquids, needles or sharp objects will be accepted, and identifying information should be removed before turning them in.

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