Biloxi Police: ‘Please, give us your drugs’

The Biloxi Police and the DEA want your drugs – those left over or expired prescription drugs or even non-prescription drugs that have been sitting idly in the medicine cabinet or drawer for years. 

Residents of Biloxi are being asked to bring the unused drugs to the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. so they may be disposed of properly. No syringes will be accepted.

The department is again taking part in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The program aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also raising awareness of about the potential for abuse of medications.

The Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center is at 170 Porter Ave., two blocks north of the Biloxi Lighthouse. For those who cannot drop off drugs on Saturday, a dropoff box is at the police department front desk, open 24 hours a day.

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, or abused. In 2016, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, and the majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. 
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