Acadiana plans to take part in National Drug Take Back Day Saturday

Just some of the bags of pills collected to incinerate

Moreover, he added, the two Drug Take Back Days in 2017 resulted in the Cecil County drop-off sites collecting a combined 541 pounds of unwanted and expired prescription medications, which marked a 115 percent increase from the 2016 totals. "Take Back Day is an effective tool for addressing the opioid crisis in America".

The average age of first use for non-medical use of prescription medications in Pontotoc County is 13 years, according to local youth surveys.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has permanent drug take-back boxes at both of the locations, an ongoing effort in partnership with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisian, the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and law enforcement agencies.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, secure, and environmentally responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and trafficking of medications. For prescription medicines, black out any personally identifying information on the label.

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The DEA can only accept pills and patches, and will not accept liquids, needles or sharps.

Last fall, 77 pounds of medicine was collected at MTSU collection events, said Lisa Schrader, director of Health Promotion. The events are in coordination with Resources Empowering Action for Community Health.

"Most people don't realize this, but there are more people that have issues with pharmaceuticals and overdoses than there are of cocaine, heroine and ecstasy combined", Sullivan said.

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