LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Lafourche Parish now has three locations where citizens can safely drop off unwanted prescription medications.
Sheriff Craig Webre says that the boxes were donated by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators through a sponsorship by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
The boxes are located in the lobbies of these LPSO locations: Administrative Office, 200 Canal Boulevard, in Thibodaux; the Criminal Operations Center, 805 Crescent Avenue, in Lockport; and the South Lafourche Sub-station, 102 West 91st Street, in Cut Off.
"We have always invited residents to drop off prescription medication anytime throughout the year with no questions asked," said Sheriff Webre. "These boxes take that invitation a step further, making the drop-off easier and faster," he added.
Sheriff Webre says the effort will help prevent pill abuse by allowing people to get rid of their potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force will destroy the medications.
Sheriff Webre added, "If not properly disposed, they could end up in the hands of relatives or children. We want citizens to be proactive in ridding their homes of these dangerous narcotics, and these drop-off boxes provide a simple means of doing so."
All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.
If you drop off medications, you should make sure the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage. Items that will not be accepted include intravenous solutions, injectable drugs, and syringes, due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.