POSTED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:04am
TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA — The DEA’s annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day takes place on Ocotober 26.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Hammond Police Department, in conjunction with the DEA and many other law enforcement agencies, have set up numerous collection sites where citizens can turn in their unneeded prescription medications – at no cost, and with no questions asked.
In recent years, we’ve seen that prescription drug abuse constitutes one of the greatest public safety and public health epidemics of our time, inflicting devastating, long-term, effects on individuals – and destroying families, neighborhoods, and entire communities – all across the country. Even more importantly, every individual has an essential role to play in creating awareness and educating themselves and others about prescription drug abuse. Recent surveys indicate that more than half of those who admit to abusing prescription painkillers said that they got drugs “from a friend or relative for free”– not from their own doctor. This illustrates the critical importance of getting old, unused, or expired drugs out of household medicine cabinets.
Protect yourself, your family, our community and the environment from improperly disposed of medications. Having unused or expired medication in your home can lead to medication errors, accidental overdoses and inappropriate use. Disposing of medication by flushing them down the toilet or a sink or throwing them, in the trash can lead to the contamination of the water supplies and landfills. Bring unused and unwanted prescription medications for proper disposal by law enforcement officials, reports Edwards.
Come join the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Hammond Police Department, on Saturday October 26, 2013, in the TARGET PARKING LOT at the Hammond Square Mall to safely dispose of any unwanted prescription drugs you may have in your home or possession. We will be there to accept prescription medications from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.