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Today Is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

If you have old medication you need to get rid of, here’s your chance to dispose of it in a safe manner.  Join in on the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Get the drop-off locations here.
 
 
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The Louisiana State Police along with the Drug Enforcement Administration are participating in the the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day today(Saturday, April 26).  Every year this initiative is held to allow for an environmentally safe way to dispose of potentially dangerous prescription drugs and old medication. Whether the medication is expired, unused, and unwanted or you no longer need it.  

From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm today (April 26 ) citizens can drop off their prescription drugs to any Louisiana State Police troop location in the area.  This service is free and completely anonymous. 
Last October’s Take Back Day, Americans turned in over 647,211 pounds (324 tons) of prescription drugs.  So this program has been a huge success.  It’s very necessary too as the usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, of flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can potentially pose safety and health hazards.
Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter drugs will be collected today.  It’s OK to bring the medication in the original container, just remove the prescription label, or keep the container and poor the medication directly into the disposal box.  If an original container is submitted, the individual should remove any identifying information from the prescription label.
Solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids may be accepted as well. Keep in mind liquids, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container and tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
 
The following items that will NOT be accepted- intra-venous solutions, injectables, and syringes (due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens).  Also, marijuana and methamphetamine’s are NOT going to be accepted.  
 
For directions to a troop location nearest you, go to www.LSP.org, or by dial *LSP (*577) from your cellular telephone.
 

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