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October 25 09:32 AM

Drug Take Back Day set Saturday at Safety Town

Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator and Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw said citizens can dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday, Oct. 26, at Sheriff’s Safety Town as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Local law enforcement agencies across the country will be working in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration to set up collection sites for old, unwanted and expired pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications. Anyone with such medication is urged to dispose of it through this free, safe and anonymous program.

Locally, deputies and police officers will be on hand to collect medications from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Sheriff’s Safety Town, 8910 Jewella Ave., at the west end of the Summer Grove Baptist Church parking lot.

Authorities will accept prescription and over -the-counter medications such as tablets, capsules and sealed liquids. All identifying information such as names, addresses and prescription numbers should be removed. Intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted.

The one-day effort is being held to bring national attention to the increase of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse and theft.

These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.

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