Dispose of expired, unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday

It’s that time of year again when the Biloxi Police Department teams up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to offer the public a chance to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs, which often become sources of abuse.

The two agencies are offering another free drug take-back session at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue, two blocks north of the Biloxi Lighthouse, this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested can drop off any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs in this free, anonymous, no-questions-asked service.

The last Take Back Day in October 2023 saw 300 tons of medications collected nationwide. The Biloxi Police Department was responsible for approximately 6% of all medications obtained in Mississippi during the 25th National Take Back Day. These staggering statistics further emphasize the need for these continued Take Back efforts where the Biloxi Police Department, together with our DEA and other local partners, provide locations where the public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications.

The Biloxi Police Department and the DEA will collect 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. We will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges at the drop-off location, provided the lithium batteries are removed.

Helping people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way the Biloxi Police Department and the DEA are working to reduce addiction and stem overdose deaths. To learn more, visit the DEA website.