Laurel and Hattiesburg police will be participating in a national initiative this weekend in efforts to dispose of expired medications.
“Anybody that’s got any old medication, it don’t matter if its pill form, liquid form, powder form whatever it is, bring it to us so we can properly dispose of it,” Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler said.
During the last Drug Take Back event, Laurel and Hattiesburg combined weight from prescription medication was over 400 pounds.
“Studies show that majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet,” Laurel Police Capt. Tommy Cox said.
“One reason we want to clean out the medicine cabinets is…overdoses, prescription medication that people get a hold of and abuse, we want to stop that and this is one way we can help with it,” Traxler said.
All the medications gathered will be disposed of with the help of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN).
“If you bring it here and do not flush it and don’t put it in a trash can, cause it’s not just with someone getting a hold of it but if it goes to a landfill it could still end up back in our water system and that’s what we are trying to avoid,” Traxler said.
The process is simple, and no questions are asked when the drugs are turned over.
“We don’t ask any questions where they got it from, it don’t even have to be their prescription, we just request that they bring them to us, in fact they can even bring them to us in a Ziploc bag, any type of plastic bag, something of that nature, anything, even a paper bag, we don’t care as long as we can dispose of it properly.”
The Hattiesburg Police Department is located at 701 James Street and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the event.
If you have any questions call 601-545-4936.
The Laurel Police Department is located at 317 South Magnolia Street and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the event.
If you have any questions call 601-399-4440.