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DEPUTIES TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ON SATURDAY, OCT. 26

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WALGREENS ON REES ST. BREAUX BRIDGE; OLD WAL-MART IN ST. MARTINVILLE

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.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and
Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances
Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or pet or their family
member or owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by
delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.
The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities
to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

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