BAYOU VISTA, La. (KLFY)—The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office will host National Prescription Drug Take Back at two locations on Oct. 22.
According to Sheriff Mark Hebert, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the DEA will set up locations at the West St. Mary Civic Center (1472 LA Hwy. 318, Jeanerette, La.) and Walmart (973 US Hwy. 90, Bayou Vista, La.) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Unused medications in homes can create a public health and safety concern because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused, according to officials.
A news release stated that 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. Many who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from friends or relatives. This includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription pills.
Authorities said the service is free and anonymous, no questions will be asked.
Liquids and needles will not be accepted.