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Local Coalition is Helping to Dispose Unused Prescriptions in Lafayette

Local Coalition is Helping to Dispose Unused Prescriptions in Lafayette

Lafayette, La – On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Knowledge Effect is partnering with Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration in this effort. The goal is to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Over the past seven years these agencies have offered two opportunities per year, this being the 14th prescription drug take back day. Bring your pills for disposal to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Safety Complex at 1825 W. Willow St. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills.

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. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The Knowledge Effect is partnering with this event to continue its mission to raise awareness and combat the rise of prescription drug abuse in the Hub City and Lafayette Parish. We will have information posted around town to encourage those looking to help themselves, a friend, or family member who may be struggling with drug abuse. The Knowledge Effect serves as a community resource to assist anyone looking for information or how to find help concerning substance abuse.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or theknowledgeeffect.org.