UPDATE: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day keeps locals safe


UPDATE (10/26/19) 6:00– The abuse of prescription drugs has been on the rise, that’s why the Drug Enforcement Administration had it’s 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to continue the fight against them.

“Getting rid of these drugs might save a life,” said David Joseph, U.S. Attorney for Western District of Louisiana.

Since 2010, the DEA has collected over 12 million tons of unwanted, unused, and unneeded medicine, in hopes of putting an end to the cycle of abusing drugs.

“It’s not necessarily those drugs that you have in you cabinet that are going to kill somebody, but it may start someone on a pathway to addiction,” said Joseph.

For the first time ever, the DEA accepted unwanted vaping devices and cartridges. They made the change in the wake of increased vaping-related injuries and deaths nationwide. Pharmacy student Mher Haljayan says you might as well get rid of drugs.

“There are a lot of studies showing that those kinds of drugs don’t actually help with pain and mobility long term,” said Mher Naljayan, Pharmacy Student at ULM.

Officials say this year alone, the opioid epidemic has killed more Americans than car wrecks. So they say turning in your prescription drugs, could leave a positive impact on many.

“I would say you could help someone’s life in the future, like it helps people stay off of drugs and having those temptations, to just get ride of them,” said Jack Cowan, Student at West Monroe High School

Region 8 Permanent Drop Boxes:
Louisiana State Police Troop F
Monroe Police Department
West Monroe Police Department
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office
Union Parish Sheriff’s Office
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office
Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office
West Carroll Sheriff’s Office
Coming Soon: ULM University Police Department

OUACHITA PARISH, LA (10/25/19)– The DEA is having their 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back this weekend. Since 2010, the DEA has collected over 12 million tons of unwanted, unused, and unneeded medicine.

This year, parents or students can also dispose any vape products. The prescription drug initiative started as locals were flushing drugs down the drain or throwing them in the trash, polluting the environment. This gave locals a place to get rid of drugs properly. However- the primary focus now is to put a stop to opioid use. Officials say 4 out of 5 new heroin users admitted to starting with opioids or prescription medications.

“The opioid epidemic has kind of taken over, so now we do that as our primary focus is to get unused opioids out of the system. In just 2017, over 70 thousand people overdosed on opioids or prescription drugs,” said Darryl Cowan, Special Agent with Drug Enforcement Administration.

Taking odioids and prescription drugs out of the house will make sure kids and others who come into your house can’t get a hold of them.

“For us especially, with the focus being on children and families, we definitely want to make sure we are eliminating that and actually making that so that it’s a safer process in the home and that they are not able to access it,” said Marry Barrios, Children’s Coalition.

There will be five Monroe- West Monroe take back locations at Brookshire’s and Super 1.


MONROE: Brookshire’s : Louisville ave, N. 18th, 165 North,

WEST MONROE: Brookshire’s: Cypress St.

Super 1: Cypress St.

BASTROP: Super 1: Madison Ave.

RUSTON: Super 1: N. Trenton St.

FAMERVILLE: Brookshire’s: 1018 Sterlington hwy

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