Looking for a way to safely dispose of those prescription pills that have been cluttering the medicine cabinet for ages?
Minden Chief of Police Steve Cropper and Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton will join with the Louisiana State Police and Drug Enforcement Agency in a prescription drugs Take Back program this weekend.
"On April 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. we will give the public the opportunity to dispose of their prescription drugs in a safe manner," Cropper said. "This is a way to get rid of the prescription medicines without worrying that someone will manage to get their hands on the drugs or someone's personal information."
Individuals can bring the pills for disposal to the Minden Police Department headquarters at 520 Broadway.
"The DEA can't accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches," Sexton added.
Officials said Saturday's Take Back will be the eighth in three years to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding the home of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. In the seven previous events, more than 3.4 million pounds of pills have been removed.
"This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue," Cropper said. "Medicines that remain unused in home cabinets may be diverted, misused or abused."
"Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet," Sexton added. "And the usual method of disposing unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards."