Acadiana law enforcement agencies to host prescription drug take back events Saturday

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Lafayette

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Lafayette Parish
Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th
opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse by ridding their homes of potentially
dangerous, expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

Please bring your pills for disposal the Lafayette;e Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Complex located at 1825 W. Willow St.
The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps – only pills or patches will be accepted for
disposal. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Scott

The Scott Police Department is teaming up with Brian Schlesinger State Farm Insurance, Cashway Pharmacy and the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration for Drug Take Back Day.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Scott Police Department will have a tent set up on the corner of Cameron St. and Cayret St. in the parking lot of Brian Schlesinger State Farm Insurance, across the street from Cashway Pharmacy.

Members of the community will be able to pull up in their vehicle and safely dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and/or unwanted drugs. They will not be able to accept any needles. This service is free and anonymous.

In addition, Scott Police Chief Chad Leger will have an officer who has been certified in Child Safety Seat Installation at the location between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to educate drivers in the proper installation of child safety seats. This is also a free service.

Proper disposal of unwanted medicines is important. Most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. They can lead to overdoses and accidental poisonings.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration first launched its “Take-Back” day more than six years ago. The last Drug Take Back Day in Scott took place on October 28, 2017, where 10 boxes of medication, weighing approximately 114 lbs. was turned in for collection and disposal.

Chief Leger encourages all members of the community to take advantage of this event as another way of protecting our children and keeping our households safe.

Broussard

The Broussard Police will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday April 28, 2018.  BPD personnel will be supported by Walgreens employees who will provide safety information and tips at the drop off location.  The Broussard Police drop off site will at Walgreen’s in Broussard located at 105 St. Nazaire Road, in the parking lot behind the business from 10 a.m until 2 p.m and a convenient drive through will be provided for drop offs. 

Additional information about prescription drugs:

  • Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends-and the home medicine cabinet.
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.
  • Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply.

For more information contact the Broussard Police Department at (337) 837-6259.

Breaux Bridge

Deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office will be at Walgreens, 1401 Rees Street, Breaux Bridge, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to collect and safely dispose of any over the counter or prescription medications that are expired or no longer needed.

Deputies will be on hand to assist you in the disposal process, just drive up and drop them in the collection box. If you need any further information, please contact Major Ginny Higgins at (337) 394-2619 for assistance.

Abbeville/ Kaplan

 From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Vermilion Municipal and Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to  Mula’s Pharmacy at 2619 Charity St., Abbeville, and CVS in Kaplan located at 100 S. Cushing, Kaplan  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Bayou Vista

Walmart on US Highway 90

Franklin

Walgreens on Main Street

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