Prescription drug disposal program scheduled Saturday in Morgan City
MORGAN CITY, La. -- The Morgan City Police Department is partnering with Walgreens in Morgan City to participate in the National Take Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Police Chief Travis Crouch stated in a news release.
The event will allow citizens an opportunity to dispose of and remove potentially dangerous drugs and controlled substances from their homes, the release stated.
Walgreens on Brashear Avenue and the Morgan City Police Department on Myrtle Street will serve as collection sites in the Tri-City area.
Crouch said this year is the first year Morgan City police has participated in the National Take Back Initiative. “Prescription medication abuse is a horrible problem throughout the country, and it doesn’t discriminate at all,” Crouch said. The drug take-back day gives people the opportunity to get unwanted medications out of their residence, he said.
Jonathan Collier, district loss prevention coordinator for Walgreens, contacted the Morgan City Police Department to partner in taking part in the national initiative.
Collier said this year is also the first year Walgreens has participated in the initiative in Louisiana having participated in the take-back day previously in other states. “We saw the need for our patients and the community,” Collier said.
Expired, unused or unwanted controlled substances in homes can be a potential supply that can fuel abuse among families and are a risk to public health and safety, Crouch stated in the news release. The nationwide drop-off locations are listed on the DEA’s website at www.dea.gov.
Crouch encourages people to join in raising awareness and removing these substances from our communities, he stated.
Unused or expired medications are a public safety issue that, in addition to abuse or overdose, can lead to accidental poisoning, Collier said. “It can contaminate our water supply if it’s disposed of incorrectly,” he said.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s website, this take-back day is the sixth time the DEA has put on the National Take Back Initiative.
In its five previous events, the DEA in conjunction with state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than two million pounds of prescription medications that were removed from circulation, according to its website.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications, the DEA states on its website.
Getting rid of those medications eliminates the possibility for someone to use them for uses other than what they are intended, Crouch said.
Crouch asks people to take the name off the prescription bottles before dropping off the unused or unwanted medications. People can just drive up to the police department or Walgreens and drop off the unwanted prescription drugs, he said.