National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be on Oct. 23

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Prescription bottles and pills on a counter.

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — This year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be taking place on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free event hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) allows people to anonymously dispose of unused prescription medications at drop-off locations throughout the nation.

Tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs will be accepted on Take Back Day, according to the DEA. Liquids, syringes and other sharps, and illicit drugs will not.

Locations participating in Take Back Day in the EBR Parish area:

  • Baton Rouge Police Department Headquarters located at 9000 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70815
  • East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office located at 8900 Jimmy Wedell Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
  • Woman’s Hospital located at 100 Woman’s Way, Baton Rouge, LA 70817

Find a drop-off location near you by visiting takebackday.dea.gov.

More than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States last year, according to the CDC. In EBR Parish, the coroner’s office has reported 242 fatal overdoses in 2021 as of Oct. 19.

According to a news release from the DEA, “Take Back Day has removed more than 7,000 tons of medication from circulation since its inception.”

“The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic — drug overdoses are up thirty percent over the last year alone and taking more than 250 lives every day,” stated DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “The majority of opioid addictions in America start with prescription pills found in medicine cabinets at home.”

The DEA has launched an awareness campaign called “One Pill Can Kill,” warning people of the circulation of counterfeit prescription pills. The public safety alert describes where the pills are coming from, how they are being distributed, and how lethal bogus pills can be.

“What’s worse, criminal drug networks are exploiting the opioid crisis by making and falsely marketing deadly, fake pills as legitimate prescriptions, which are now flooding U.S. communities,” said Milgram. “One thing is clear: prevention starts at home. I urge Americans to do their part to prevent prescription pill misuse: simply take your unneeded medications to a local collection site. It’s simple, free, anonymous, and it can save a life.”

Unused prescription drugs can be disposed of any day of the year, click here to find a location nearby.

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