Safely dispose of drugs on Saturday at the PD

The Biloxi Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are offering the public a chance to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs, which often become sources of abuse.

The two agencies will offer another free drug take-back session at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue, two blocks north of the Biloxi Lighthouse, on Oct. 29 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.

No liquids, needles, or sharps can be accepted, only pills or patches. Also, vaping devices and cartridges will be accepted provided the lithium batteries are removed.

Last October, Americans turned in 360 tons (over 721,000 pounds) of medications at more than 5,100 sites operated by the DEA.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids were involved in 49,860 overdose deaths in 2019 (70.6 percent of all overdose deaths).

Additionally, prescription opioids were involved in over 28 percent of those overdose deaths.

These staggering statistics further emphasize the need for these continued Take Back efforts where the Biloxi Police Department, DEA, and other local partners provide locations where the public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications.
Learn more from the DEA website

News & notes: Costume ball, Hall of Famer, and Beauvoir

Special Needs costume ball: The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department will host its annual Special Needs Halloween Costume Ball on Friday night from 6 to 9 at the Donal M. Synyder Sr. Community Center. The event is free and open to all ages with physical and mental disabilities. See the flyer

Sports Hall of Fame: Biloxi Council member Kenny Glavan was inducted into the St. Martin Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this month. The athletic honor was announced during a recent St. Martin and Ocean Springs football game and Glavan was inducted during a banquet in Ocean Springs. Glavan was a defensive lineman at St. Martin, lettered all three years, and received a scholarship to MGCCC where he played on two state championship JUCO football teams.

Road closure reminder: The south portion of Beauvoir Road will be closed at U.S. 90 to through traffic from Nov. 1, 2022 to Feb. 1, 2023. Businesses on Beauvoir Road will still be accessible from Pass Road. The city’s Engineering Department each weekday morning posts updated traffic info. To see the Traffic page, with links to traffic cameras and traffic counts, click here.