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10/17/2016

St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

Sheriff Mark Hebert announces that on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10am to 2pm, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host National Prescription Drug Take Back locations at the West St. Mary Civic Center and Walmart in Bayou Vista.

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Many who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from friends or relatives. This includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription pills and patches safely, conveniently, and responsibly. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Liquids and needles are NOT accepted.

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Contact Information:

Traci Landry

Detective Lieutenant

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office

Public Information Office

985-354-0714

pio@stmaryso.com

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