BR authorities offer safe way to get rid of prescription drugs

Local law enforcement agencies and the national Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday will offer a safe and anonymous way to turn in unwanted or expired prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Anyone looking to drop off prescription drugs in Baton Rouge can take them to one of three locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

The Baton Rouge Police Department at the Third District station, 11010 Coursey Blvd.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office at Ochsner Health Center, 16777 Medical Center Drive, off O’Neal Lane.

State Police at Troop A Headquarters, 17801 Highland Road.

“We’ve labeled the prescription drug epidemic the new crack cocaine of our time and so we clearly recognize the fact that currently prescription drug abuse is considered DEA’s No. 2 drug threat behind cocaine worldwide,” DEA spokesman Terry Davis said.

Intravenous solutions, injectable drugs and syringes will not be accepted, nor will illegal drugs such as marijuana or methamphetamine, State Police spokesman Sgt. J.B. Slaton said in a news release.

People can deposit pills either by pouring them into the donation box or by tossing the container with the pills in them, but with all identifying information removed from the container, Slaton said.

Liquids will be accepted, but they must be in the original container and the cap must be sealed tight to prevent leaks, Slaton said.