Posted: Apr 25, 2014 4:45 PM by Russell Jones, Jessica LeBlanc
Updated: Apr 25, 2014 4:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana law enforcement said the national Drug Take-Back initiative beginning Saturday will help combat drug crimes in our area.
Since the Drug Enforcement Agency began the drug disposals, more than 1,700 tons of expired or unwanted drugs have been turned in to different sites around the nation.
Louisiana State Police say they see lots of prescription medication fraud and abuse due to people getting hold of old and expired medication sitting around people's homes, so eliminating the supply helps combat those crimes.
"By taking these drugs back we're able to reduce the likelihood of children, teenagers, even adults that do not need to have these medications at their disposal," pharmacist Marla. D. Gibbens told WBRZ News 2.
The DEA says many drugs can be thrown out with the trash, so long as they're mixed with something undesirable first like used coffee grounds. People in Baton Rouge who want to safely dispose of their prescription drugs can bring them by the State Police Troop A headquarters on Highland Road.
You can find more drug collection locations and information about safely disposing of prescription drugs on the DEA's website.