Sheriff sets ‘Take-Back Initiative’ this Saturday
Sheriff Mark Hebert said recently that the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in the National Take-Back Initiative coordinated through the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The initiative gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their home of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription pills.
According to a 2011 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Drug Use and Health, twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined.
The same study also indicated that more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them from friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet (http://www.samhsa.gov). Medicines left unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
The public may bring pills or patches only for disposal to one of two sites hosted by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Expired, unused, or unwanted medications may be brought to either of our dispatch offices located at 500 Main St. in Franklin and 1455 Railroad Ave. in Morgan City. The National Take-Back Initiative will be held Saturday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.