This Saturday, October 23 from 10 am until 2 pm at the Lake Charles Civic Center 900 Lakeshore Drive, the LCPD and The DEA will be working to get certain prescription pills off the streets to help prevent drug abuse and unwanted deaths for our local Lake Charles residents and beyond. There is usually hesitation when many think about taking drugs to local law enforcement, but this is your chance to rid your home of unwanted or unneeded drugs within your household. It could be prescriptions that you have previously used or of former residents in the home. While the initial prescriptions are generally known to assist with the treatment of medical conditions, there has been more than one occasion where the drugs have become addictive and have led many people to do troubling things in order to get these drugs. Some have led to jail, harm, and in some cases death.

While this is a drug take-back event, the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharp objects. This event is only for pills or patches to be given back. The event is free and all who are bringing drugs back will be anonymous with no questions asked. I know in a lot of cases this is truly a relief when it comes to participating in something like this, as many are either embarrassed thinking they're being looked down upon or feeling they may have an encounter with the law because of it.

This is not something to be ashamed of and partaking in this is helping to rid the community of things that could become problematic in the long run. The rates of prescription drug abuse are very high in the U.S with yearly surveys showing misused or abused drugs being obtained from family and friends or being stolen from family members.

If you would like to get additional information about the event. Go to DEA Take or you can call the LCPD at 491-1456 ext. 5250.

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