St. Martin Sherrif's Office and DEA Collecting Unwanted Prescription Drugs
On Saturday October 26th, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Please bring your medications for disposal to Walgreens 1401 Rees Street, Breaux Bridge, or in St. Martinville at 2308 North Main St., (Old Wal-Mart Parking Lot). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills.
This initiative 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 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, 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.
If any further information is needed in reference to this event, please contact Major Ginny Higgins at (337) 394-2606.