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Lake Charles PD plans drug take back

Posted: 3:41 PM, Oct 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-09 16:41:38-04

The Lake Charles Police Department is offering to take back unwanted prescription drugs on Oct. 27 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

The event will be on the southside of the parking lot, at Gill Street, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Lake Charles City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixteenth opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Only pills are accepted. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous.

Last year, Americans turned in 475 tons of prescription drugs at more than 6,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, The DEA and its partners have taken in over 10 million pounds of pills.

Organizers say unused medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.  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.  In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods are disposing of unused medicines such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.