Prescription Drug Take Back

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Safe! Confidential! Convenient! Free!

Pointe Coupee General Hospital, Arbor Family Health, and Central Louisiana AHEC are hosting a prescription drug take back event on April 11, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Scott Civic Center. All medications will be accepted at this event. Scheduled medications should be in a container in order to be disposed.

Come join us for education and food as we tackle the opioid epidemic together!


Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids

Deaths Per 100,000 Population. Source: National Vital Statistics System Mortality File.

From 1999-2017, almost 400,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids.

This rise in opioid overdose deaths can be outlined in three distinct waves.

1. The first wave began with increased prescribing of opioids in the 1990s, with overdose deaths involving prescription opioids (natural and semi-synthetic opioids and methadone) increasing since at least 1999.

2. The second wave began in 2010, with rapid increases in overdose deaths involving heroin.

3. The third wave began in 2013, with significant increases in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids – particularly those involving illicitly-manufactured fentanyl (IMF). The IMF market continues to change, and IMF can be found in combination with heroin, counterfeit pills, and cocaine.

For the Pointe Coupee community, Pointe Coupee General Hospital has a take-back box, the Medsafe medication disposal, which is available 7 days a week, from 6:00 AM until 8:00 PM. It is located on the first floor near the Laboratory Department’s entrance.