On Saturday, September 27th, 2014, the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will coordinate a one-day collaborative effort for the second time this year to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our communities. This is an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Last year, across the country, 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs were turned in. Since the start of this National Take Back Event over 3.4 million pounds of pills have been collected. This national take back initiative will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly use cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
Collection activities are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday September 27th at the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff Office, located at the Courthouse, 321 East Plaquemine street, Jennings. Please tell your families and friends.