Gov. John Bel Edwards calls on all Louisianans to responsibly dispose of their unused medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27. First responders, medical offices and businesses around the state will provide collection sites for people to drop off medications for safe disposal.
This national effort is held twice a year, gathering thousands of pounds of prescription drugs and helping to prevent drug abuse and misuse across the United States. The most recent Take Back Day, held October 16, 2018, resulted in 914,236 pounds of drugs dropped off at 5,839 collection sites, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Gov. Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health encourage Louisianans’ participation in Take Back Day to help support the State’s efforts to end its burgeoning opioid crisis.
“Take Back Day is just one approach of many in our State’s fight against opioids. It’s a battle with many stakeholders,” Gov. Edwards said. “That’s why, in conjunction with local health agencies throughout the state, the Louisiana Department of Health recently launched a public service campaign designed to help people find treatment in their communities.”
The Opioid Help LA awareness and education campaign aims to direct people with an opioid addiction and/or their families, friends and loved ones to appropriate treatment resources. A dedicated website has been established at OpioidHelpLA.org that lists addiction and recovery resources, including those covered by Medicaid, and contact information.
Additional strategies to reduce the impact of opioids in Louisiana:
“The opioid epidemic is a top priority of Gov. Edwards, myself and the Louisiana Department of Health,” Gee said. “Helping to keep opioids off our streets and our homes can be as simple as dropping off unused and expired prescriptions at one of many statewide disposal sites during Take Back Day. Every one of us can help tackle Louisiana’s opioid crisis.”
To safely dispose of unused and expired medications:
Do not flush or throw away pills. Costco, CVS and Rite Aid pharmacies sell postage-paid envelopes for customers to mail any prescription, including opioids and over-the-counter medications, to a disposal facility.