PINE BELT (WDAM) - Saturday, Oct. 28, local law enforcement agencies will partner with the DEA to host Drug Take Back events at police departments in an effort to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Hattiesburg, Laurel and Petal police will be participating in the events, and residents can take unwanted pills and any other solid forms of medication to local drop spots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
"Prescription drug abuse is the nation's leading drug epidemic, with more Americans dying from opioid overdose than from all other illicit drugs combined," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam. "Two years ago, we lost more than 52,000 Americans to drug overdose – more than 33,000 of those from opioids - the numbers for 2016 are expected to be even greater. DEA's Take-Back initiative provides an easy and safe way for citizens to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs. We urge you to do your part to keep these dangerous drugs off the streets and help end this national epidemic."
Last April the public turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills.
- Hattiesburg Police Dept. — 300 Klondyke Street, Hattiesburg, MS
- Laurel Police Dept. — 317 S Magnolia Street, Laurel, MS
- Petal Police Dept. — 127 West 8th Avenue, Petal, MS