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This weekend is the 17th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The biannual event, hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Department of Justice, aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Take Back Day is an effort to rid homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at thousands of collection sites around the country, including law

enforcements agencies in the Greater Baton Rouge area. 

Last October Americans turned in 457 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 6,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 11 million pounds—more than 5,400 tons—of pills. The disposal service is free and anonymous, no

questions asked. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills or patches.

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.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose.

Some painkiller abusers move on to heroin. Four out of five new heroin users started with painkillers.

Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards. This initiative addresses the public safety and public health issues that surround medications languishing in home cabinets, becoming highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Here's a list of locations accepting expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.:

ASCENSION PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE

828 South Irma Boulevard, Gonzales, LA 70737

BAKER POLICE DEPARTMENT

1320 Alabama St, Baker, LA 70714

BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

9000 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70815

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE

EBRSO Traffic Office, 9313 Burbank Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70820

PLAQUEMINE POLICE DEPARTMENT

23540 Railroad Ave, Plaquemine, LA 70764

ST HELENA SHERIFF’S OFFICE

53 N. 2nd Street Greensburg, LA 70441

WALKER POLICE DEPARTMENT

828 South Irma Boulevard, Gonzales, LA 70737

FRED'S PHARMACY

7130 US-61, St Francisville, LA 70775

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