DEA’s nationwide drug take back initiative set for Saturday, October 26

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The Drug Enforcement Agency is hosting its nationwide drug take back day, Saturday, October 26 including at locations around the Baton Rouge metro area.

Since 2010, the DEA has held the initiative to give the public a free and anonymous way to dispose of unused, expired and/or unwanted prescription drugs.

According to the DEA, the take back initiative has been successful.

The DEA, in conjunction with its state, local and tribal law enforcement partners, have removed nearly 12 million pounds (more than 5,900 tons) of medications from circulation through the last 17 take back events.

In Louisiana, the total weight collected amounts to 65,426 pounds with more than 7,000 pounds collected during the last event in April 2019.

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