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St. John and St. James parishes participating in National Take Back Day on Saturday

St. John the Baptist Parish residents will have an opportunity to turn in expired and unused prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 at 104 Ormond Boulevard in LaPlace.

Drug Court Program Director Albert “Ali” Burl III said this is the second time Take Back Day is being held in St. John. Locals are invited to drop off tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription drugs.

Liquids, including intravenous solutions, syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. The DEA stated that vaping devices and cartridges will be accepted at Take Back Day locations, as long as lithium batteries are removed.

Burl said Drug Take Back Day is mainly intended for expired or unused prescription medications. According to the DEA, studies indicate a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, making it essential to clear out unused medicine at home.

The local Drug Court office can be reached at 985-359-3315.


St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in Take Back Day  on Saturday, April 24th from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

On the west bank, medications may be dropped off at the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office Sub Office Lobby located at 2631 Hwy 20 in Vacherie, LA 70090.

On the East bank medications will be accepted at St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office Headquarters Criminal Division Lobby located at 5800 Hwy 44 in Convent, LA 70723.

More information about the DEA’s Take Back Day can be found at deatakeback.com or by calling 800-882-9539. To find a location near you, visit here.