Residents will be able turn in their unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal this weekend.
The Bossier Sheriff’s Office is taking part of the National Take-Back Initiative at the Viking Drive Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
National Take-Back Initiative is part of the one-day collaborative effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration in which law enforcement agencies locally and around the country will collect unwanted prescription drugs and other medications for disposal.
Deputies will accept prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications. The program is anonymous, and you can dispose of the medications and take the identifying information label with you. Intra-venous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted.
According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply.
Women’s self-defense class
The Bossier Sheriff’s Office is offering a Women’s Self-Defense Class on May 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Viking Drive Substation located at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City.
The class is offered at no charge to residents of Bossier Parish and is limited to 40 applicants. Daughters and female siblings 14 years and older may enroll as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Although there is no cost for the class, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office is asking for your support of their food bank program, Operation Blessing, by bringing some canned goods or non-perishable food items as donations. Also, be sure and wear comfortable clothing because of the “hands-on” training.
“Teaching self-defense helps heighten ladies’ situational awareness and encourages them to become more alert to their surroundings to avoid becoming victims of crime,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. “It also gives them some basic skills and confidence to protect themselves at home or in the community so they’re prepared in case of an emergency.”
Call the North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy at 318-965-3525 to register.