MONROE, La. – (4/26/19) There will be multiple drop off locations around Ouachita Parish to collect unused/expired medicine on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Drop off sites for April 27th include:
- Super 1 Foods – Bastrop, Ruston, Monroe and West Monroe
- Brookshire’s – Monroe, West Monroe and Farmerville
- La. State Police, Troop F – Monroe
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. and more than six million Americans age 12 and above will misuse a prescription drug in a month. Non-medical use of prescription drugs is a health hazard nationally and locally.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
The Drug Enforcement Administration launched its prescription drug take back program when both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration advised the public that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—posed potential safety and health hazards.
Through incredible partnerships with the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy, Brookshire’s & Super 1 Pharmacies and the North Delta Highway Safety Partnership, Louisiana State Police and Northeast Delta Human Service Authority, the national initiative for safe disposal of prescription drugs is now a reality in northeast Louisiana. Local law enforcement support from across our region includes Union Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Police Department, West Monroe Police Department, and Louisiana State Police-Troop F.
Michael Reichardt with Louisiana State Police says, “It is imperative that people with old medication, especially narcotics, to dispose of them properly before they get into the hands of someone that don’t need them or improperly disposed of them. This is a free service that is offered in our community and one that is needed. I hope people take the time to come out and dispose of their prescriptions properly instead of flushing them.”
Anyone can bring unused/old/unwanted prescription medicines to the boxes with no questions asked on this national day – aerosols, needles and syringes will not be accepted. .
Brookshire Grocery Company Zone 2 Manager Gene Ainsworth says, “Brookshire Grocery Company is proud to support and host the DEA National Prescription Takeback Day. We love to be involved in events that help protect our communities and make them safer for everyone.”