October 24, 2017  |  04:37 pm

On Saturday (October 28) the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in a one-day collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove unused and expired medications from homes and medicine cabinets. 

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined. The same study revealed more than 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, including raiding the family medicine cabinet. 

Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply.

Collection for this one-day collaborative effort will take place this Saturday (October 28) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the STPSO Administrative Building, 300 Brownswitch Road, in Slidell.  

Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances will be collected for safe disposal. Syringes or injectables will not be accepted. 

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office recently announced that two permanent drug take-back boxes will soon be in place at STPSO facilities on each side of the parish. One box will be located at the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex, 2070 Collins Blvd., in Covington and the other will be located at the STPSO Administrative Building, 300 Brownswitch Road, in Slidell. This on-going initiative is a collaborative effort in partnership with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA), the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), and numerous Louisiana law enforcement agencies.