Sheriff Mark Hebert announces that the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s office will once again participate in the National Take-Back Initiative coordinated through the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. The initiative gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription pills.
Twice as many Americans regularly abuse prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly use heroin, cocaine, inhalants, and hallucinogens combined, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The survey also found that the majority of those who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from friends or relatives. This includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
The public may bring prescription medications for disposal to one of two sites hosted by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. Syringes or injectables will NOT be accepted. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Expired, unused, or unwanted medications may be brought to one of two locations: Rite-Aid located at 1301 Highway 90 in Bayou Vista or Walgreens located at 2030 Main Street in Franklin. The National Take-Back Initiative will be held this Saturday, September 26, 2015 between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
WHO: St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office
WHAT: National Take Back Initiative
WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00am - 2:00pm
WHERE: Rite-Aid in Bayou Vista or Walgreens in Franklin
WHY: To address a vital public safety and health issue
HOW: Through the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and in partnership with the Rite-Aid, Walgreen’s and the communities of St. Mary Parish
St. Mary Sheriff’s Office
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