Drop off your unneeded prescription drugs Saturday

Source EBRSO

Source EBRSO

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has permanent drug take-back boxes at both of the locations, an ongoing effort in partnership with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisian, the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and law enforcement agencies.

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. the Johnson County Sheriff's Department in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give residents the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous. Removing these drugs from home will also decrease the likelihood residents will become dependent upon them or use them outside of a doctor's recommended guidelines.

They add, however, there are restrictions on what can be disposed of.

Carlisle Elks Lodge 578 will hold a prescription drug takeback day from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Officials also point out that opioid abuse is at epidemic levels in the US and a top public health concern.

The Webster County Sheriff's Department is once again teaming up with federal drug officials and local pharmacies to help get rid of unwanted prescriptions. There has been a 150 percent increase in the number of drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma over the last 15 years, with prescription drugs being involved in 69 to 78 percent of these fatalities in the last five years, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

"Eighty percent of new users of heroin started with a prescription medication, and most first-time abusers of painkillers obtained them from a friend or relative", Collins outlined.

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