Thibodaux Police Department Takes Part in DEA’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced that the Thibodaux Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The DEA’s Take-Back initiative aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for medication abuse.
Numerous prescription drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from family and friends. Medicines that languish in the home are highly susceptible to diversion and misuse, and many citizens understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables can help prevent accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines.
In the most recent DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in May of this year, the DEA through its partner agencies collected and destroyed close to one million pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs, making it the most successful event in DEA history. According to the DEA, this brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected since the fall of 2010 to 9,964,714 pounds or 4,982 tons.
Expired, unused, and unwanted medications may be brought to the Thibodaux Police Department for disposal on October 27. We have a prescription drop-off box in the lobby for a “no questions asked” drop location for unwanted prescription medication. This service is free and anonymous and is a great opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted or unused prescription drugs to dispose of them safely. More information on the initiative may be found by visiting. www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.