The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
On Saturday, September 26th, the Denham Springs Police Department served as a collection site where local residents were able to return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. We would like to thank the community for assisting in this effort. Together, we were able to collect over 17 pounds of medication.
Pictured with Ofc. Leroy Golmon are Wendy and Jim Donovan (above) and Kenneth Englade (below).