Louisianians Can Dispose of their Expired or Unused Prescription Drugs Safely on Saturday, April 30

Apr. 29, 2016

WHAT:
National Prescription Drug Take-back Day
A nationwide effort to rid homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs, which will be properly disposed of safely by law enforcement.

WHERE:
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Police Troop A, 17801 Highland Road
Central:  Central City Hall, 13421 Hooper Road
Elsewhere: Visit dea.gov or call 1-800-882-9539 to find a nearby collection site

WHEN:
Saturday, April 30, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
  • In addition to supporting the DEA Drug Take-back Day program for the past five years, Blue Cross has funded permanent drug drop boxes at law enforcement locations in 22 parishes across the state.
  • In its first year, the permanent drop box program collected more than 700 pounds of expired or unwanted pills.
  • Overall, in its 10 previous take-back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills. 
  • More than 70,000 emergency room visits each year result from medication accidents by children under age 18.
  • Overall, adverse drug events cause more than 700,000 emergency room visits each year.
  • Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. More than 80% of emergency room visits among children under the age of 12 are due to unsupervised children taking medications on their own, and 10% of emergency room visits in this age group are due to medication errors.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer. We are a private company, mutually owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. We are an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to improving the health and lives of all Louisianians. With our subsidiaries, HMO Louisiana and Southern National Life, we provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to one out of four Louisiana residents. We’re the only Louisiana insurer that offers plans in every parish. We also provide every customer with comprehensive wellness education, programs and services to help them live healthier lives. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, we have eight regional offices to serve our customers around the state.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is dedicated to transforming the healthcare industry in Louisiana into one that delivers high-quality health outcomes for our customers with top-notch service at more affordable costs. Our reputation for exceptional service and prompt payments, as well as the hard work of our 200+ in-house doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and dietitians, keeps both customer and provider satisfaction high. Surveys by the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Louisiana Hospital Association consistently rank Blue Cross the best company providers do business with.

Blue Cross is deeply committed to the communities we serve. We invest both time and money in the health and wellbeing of Louisiana children by supporting more than 200 charitable organizations. We invite and encourage all Louisianians to visit our website or talk to us on social media through our online hub.