NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Field Division (NOFD) of the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 35,993 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs at 378 locations throughout the four states in the division during national drug take-back day which was held on April 30.
NOFD says people in Arkansas turned in the bulk of the drugs, 25,289 pounds. 4,494 pounds were collected in Alabama; 4,383 pounds in Louisiana and 1,827 pounds in Mississippi.
"We are pleased at the response of the public once again, and we thank them for participating in this important event - making their homes and communities safe from possible prescription drug abuse or theft, said DEA Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam. "With the continued support and hard work of our state and local law enforcement and community partners, these Take-Back events have increased awareness of the opioid epidemic and offered the public a safe and anonymous way to dispose of unwanted and expired medications."
The DEA says the majority of prescription drug abusers claim they get their drugs from friends and family.
The agency says nationwide 893,498 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in on April 30, 2016.