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Drug Take-Back Day cleans up ArkLaTex streets

As a part of National Take-Back Day, hundreds of ArkLaTex residents dropped off unwanted prescription drugs to the local Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department Safety Town location on Jewella Avenue in Shreveport.

This is the fifth time the Drug Enforcement Administration has spearheaded the national campaign, and locally the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department and Shreveport Police Department partnered to collect the unwanted drugs.

"My brother's medicine that he has, he passed away four years ago from cancer," says Rebecca Whitton as she hands over a bag full of prescription medications. Whitton says the drugs have been in her cabinet for years, and she made the decision to dispose of them the right way.

Experts say by handing over prescription drugs to the local authorities it lowers the chances of many of the drugs ending up in the wrong hands.

"It keeps it off the streets because there are a lot of people who do abuse prescription meds," says Cpl. April Wright-Kelly with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department.

Authorities also warn against flushing drugs down the toilet. It can damage the water supply within the community.

More than 200 lbs. of unwanted drugs have been collected this time around at the Safety Town location.

The program is hosted locally every 6 months. If you would like to know when the next Take-Back Day will be you can call the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department at (318) 675-2170.

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