St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office holds Drug Take-Back Day

Posted: October 28th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office holds Drug Take-Back Day

Residents properly disposed of just over 27 pounds of unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications on Saturday, Oct. 26 as the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office participated in the annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Narcotics officers with the St. Bernard Sheriff's Office accepted the unwanted medications over a four-hour period at the Special Investigations Division substation, 7001 W. Judge Perez Drive in Arabi.

In addition, over the past six months, the Sheriff’s Office has collected more than 70 pounds of unwanted medication from a drop box located at the Paris Road substation at 4700 Paris Road in Chalmette. The drop box is open year-round for residents to drop off unwanted medications.

The purpose of the Drug Take Back initiative is to ensure medications don't fall into the hands of youngsters who might misuse them or thieves who could sell them on our streets, the Sheriff said.

The Drug Take Back initiative, part of a national effort spearheaded by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has seen more than 4.8 million pounds of prescription drugs collected nationwide since its inception in 2010.