Taking Back Drugs

Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs in LaSalle Parish on October 26, 2013

On October 26, 2013, from 10 AM to 2 PM, the LaSalle 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. This opportunity allows the public to rid homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Medications for disposal should be brought to the LaSalle Parish Courthouse or to the Olla Substation. The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.

In April, Americans turned in over 742,000 pounds of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and thousands of state and local law enforcement agencies. In six previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds 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.