MONROE, LA – Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA) will host a prescription drug take-back event on Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lake Providence at Jong’s SuperValu located at 217 N. Hood Street.
NEDHSA collaborated with Delta Interfaith, East Carroll Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jong’s SuperValu, and New Living Word Ministries to promote proper drug disposal by providing a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unneeded medicine.
“This event is important for us because it addresses our opioid crisis and it reaches into the underserved rural areas of our region,” Dr. Monteic A. Sizer said. “Helping keep our communities safe by disposing of unwanted, unused, and expired medications is just one of many ways that NEDHSA is working to break the cycle of addiction and substance use disorder that plagues our region.
At 217 N. Hood Street, this event is part of NEDHSA’s continued effort toward building a unified northeast Louisiana where individuals are thriving and reaching their full human potential. Specifically, it also allows the Opioid Misuse and Abuse Prevention Program team to educate the community about the risks for abuse of prescription, and over-the-counter medications left unsecured in the home.
NEDHSA will accept pills, patches, and liquids, but cannot accept needles, sharps, or aerosols.
NEDHSA has hosted three other take-back events in the region and will host another one on Tuesday, June 1 in St. Joseph, Tensas Parish, located at the Mac’s Fresh Market on 320 Plank Road.
This service is free and confidential, with no questions asked.
Sites will be following local Covid-19 safety measures.