NEW ORLEANS (BRPROUD) — Any unneeded or unused medications can be disposed of at the 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.
Drop-off locations in East Baton Rouge Parish include Baton Rouge Police Department Headquarters and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division. To locate a drop-off near you, visit dea.gov/takebackday.
Tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription drugs will be accepted at drop-off locations, however, liquids, syringes and other sharps and illicit drugs will not. Vaping devices and cartridges will also be accepted as long as lithium batteries are removed.
“Disposing of unneeded medications can help prevent drugs from being misused,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “Overdose deaths continue to hit tragic record highs. I encourage everyone to dispose of unneeded prescription medications now.”
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Orleans division collected 39,840 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs last October throughout the division, which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
“Drug overdose deaths continue to climb, last year marking the largest number ever recorded, claiming 290 lives every day. Sadly, the majority of these addictions start with prescription drugs found in home medicine cabinets. DEA’s Take-Back initiative provides citizens an easy and safe way to rid their homes of unneeded medications that too often become a gateway to addiction. Please do your part to keep prescription drugs off the streets and help spread awareness in your community,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brad. L. Byerly.
The CDC estimated that more than 106,000 people died from a drug overdose in a 12-month period ending in November 2021. The DEA says over 15 million pounds of medication have been taken in during Take Back Day since its start.
Can’t make it to the DEA’s upcoming Take Back Day? No worries, medications can be dropped off on any day of the year. To find a disposal location near you, click here.