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NEWS RELEASE

STL PROUD Coalition TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

October 28 at Opelousas Police Department

On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the STL PROUD Coalition will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Opelousas Police Department Parking Lot at 318 N. Court Street in Opelousas. (STL PROUD cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.

STL PROUD Coalition (ST. Landry Preventing Rx drugs & Underage Drinking) is made up of members of the St. Landry Parish Children & Youth Services Planning Board. The coalition includes approximately 20 non-profit organizations, state agencies, local municipal governments, and businesses which service the needs of children and youth in St. Landry Parish.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28th TAKE BACK DAY event, go STL PROUD Coalition website: www.stlproudcoalition.com or call 337-308-7051.

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