The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office plans to collect old or unneeded prescription drugs from residents on Saturday. Afterward, the agency said, it will destroy them.
The event is scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Chalmette Walgreen's pharmacy at Judge Perez Drive and Paris Road. It is the second prescription take-back that the Sheriff's Office has organized this year; in April, deputies collected and destroyed 66 pounds of medications from 25 people during National Drug Take-Back Day.
Sheriff James Pohlmann said the events help keep medications out of the hands of children or from being sold illegally or flushed down the toilet, he said.
"That was 66 pounds of prescription drugs that was incinerated and didn't hit our streets to be abused or thrown down toilets or sinks and ultimately affect our seafood or drinking water,'' Pohlmann said of the April event.
Officers from the Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Division and a deputy assigned to a federal Drug Enforcement Administration task force will be at the Walgreen's parking lot to collect prescription medication. Residents may bring the medication in prescription bottles or in plastic bags.
To arrange a drop-off at other times, the Sheriff's Office said residents may call 504.271.3673. Residents also may use that number to report suspected illegal drug activity.