Sheriff to collect expired, unused medications

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The Bossier Sheriff’s Office will collect unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal Saturday.

Bossier Parish residents can turn in their unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Viking Drive Substation, 2510 Viking Dr. in Bossier City, Sheriff Julian Whittington said today.

The National Take-Back Initiative is part of a one-day collaborative effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration in which law enforcement agencies will collect unwanted prescription drugs and other medications for disposal.

Deputies will accept prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and OTC medications.  The program is anonymous. Participants should remove identifying information from the medicine container.  Intra-venous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted.

According to the DEA, unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.

Through the years, Bossier deputies have collected more than 1,000 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription and OTC medications during Drug Take-Back Days.