ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) - St. Bernard residents are encouraged to turn in unwanted, expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication during its annual drug take-back day.
The parish is participating in a national event spearheaded by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Saturday, April 29.
Narcotics officers will accept all drug items from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the substation at 7001 West Judge Perez Drive in Arabi, near the corner of Aycock Street.
"Residents should take this opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of unused drugs so they don't fall into the hands of youngsters who might misuse them or thieves who could sell them on our streets," Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
The DEA has collected 4.8 million pounds of prescription drugs since the take-back day event began in 2010.
The sheriff's office says residents who can't participate in the event can call their office at 504-271-DOPE (3673) anytime to talk about surrendering unwanted medications.