St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann encourages residents to properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications on Saturday, April 28 as the Sheriff’s Office participates in the annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back.
Narcotics officers with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office will accept unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Special Investigations Division substation, 7001 W. Judge Perez Drive in Arabi, near the corner of Aycock Street.
“Residents should take this opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of unused drugs so they don’t fall into the hands of youngsters who might misuse them or thieves who could sell them on our streets,” Sheriff Pohlmann said.
The initiative, part of a national effort spearheaded by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has seen more than 4.8 million pounds of prescription drugs collected since its inception in 2010. Sheriff Pohlmann also is pleased to announce the Sheriff’s Office now has a drop box located year-round at the substation at 4700 Paris Road in Chalmette.
“We have been participating in the Drug Take-Back initiative for a number of years by inviting the public to properly dispose of unwanted medications on specific days throughout the year,” Sheriff Pohlmann said, “And now, having a drop box at one of our substations year-round will create better, more convenient opportunities for people to do so.”
The drop box located at the Paris Road substation was installed as part of an initiative by state Attorney General Jeff Landry, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. The goal of the initiative is to have a location in every Louisiana parish where residents can drop off unwanted medications at any time in an effort to fight the opioid epidemic.