Posted: Sep 28, 2012 5:27 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Sep 28, 2012 5:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge joins the effort to get prescription pills out of the wrong hands and off the streets tomorrow.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sherriff's Office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for National Drug Take-back Day, where folks can drop off prescription pills to be destroyed with no questions asked.
Some News 2 spoke to say they usually flush their drugs down the toilet, but experts say they could end up in our lakes, streams and even drinking water that way. However, tossing them in the trash isn't much better.
Casey Rayborn Hicks with the sheriff's office explains. "Drugs that are laying around are very likely to be misused," she said. "And because of that prescription drug abuse has become really an epidemic in the United States."
Last year the DEA took in more than 276 tons of prescription pills at nearly 6,000 drop off sites nationwide.
If you have prescription pills you need to get rid of you can drop them off at Oschner Health Center on O'neal Lane from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.