BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Baton Rouge Police Department, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, and the Baton Rouge Health District are asking Louisianians who have unused or expired prescription drugs to drop them off on Saturday.

Fall 2022 Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a semi-annual event allowing people to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs safely. Ochsner says that studies show teenagers often get high on prescription drugs from their parent’s medicine cabinets for the first time.

75,000 kids go to the emergency room each year due to medication accidents. More than 80% of these visits were because an unsupervised child found the medication, according to Ochsner.

Participants are asked to drive through the covered front entrance at the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters and either drop off the prescription drugs or have a representative come get the medications from their vehicle.

Vaping cartridges or devices, unused prescription drugs, or old medications will be collected. Needles or anything sharp will not.

The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 29 at 9000 Airline Highway and is open to the public.