NOPD teams up with DEA for "National Drug Take Back Day"

NOPD teams up with DEA for "National Drug Take Back Day"

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Citizens are being asked to clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in unused prescription drugs.

The NOPD has partnered with Drug Enforcement Agency for "National Drug Take Back Day" on April 30, 2016.

The official drop-off location will be at the Smoothie King Center parking lot #3. It is located directly across the main entrance to the arena. People can dispose of their unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. no questions asked.

"The Drug Take Back Day addresses some very important public safety and health issues," said NOPD Superintendent Michael S. Harrison. "Prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses in the U.S. are at alarming rates. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family members, friends, and the home medicine cabinet. The Drug Take Back Day offers local residents an easy way to safely dispose of drugs anonymously and safely."

The NOPD says opting to flush medications down the toilet or simply throw them away can pose a potential safety and health hazard.

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