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Sheriffs Office Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs April 27th at Two Locations in the Parish - Thursday, April 11, 2019

DATE:             THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019
TO:                  ALL MEDIA OUTLETS



The ASSUMPTION PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE will be taking unwanted prescription drugs on April 27th at La La’s Food Store in Labadieville and the Pierre Part Store in Pierre Part.

 – On Saturday, April 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine 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 La La’s Food Store or Pierre Part Store.  (Sites cannot accept liquids, or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

Bayou Council will be offering free medicine lock boxes at the Labadieville site.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 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 almost 11 million pounds--- nearly 5,500 tons ---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.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual medicines---flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash ---both pose potential safety and health hazards.


For additional information concerning this News Release, contact Sheriff Leland Falcon or Public Information Officer, Lonny Cavalier at 985-369-7281.


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