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For Immediate Release

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April 24, 2013 DUSM Garrett Hawk, Eastern District of Louisiana (504) 589-3131
Eastern District of Louisiana U.S. Marshals Service Partners with the DEA
in Removing Expired Prescription Drugs from Circulation

New Orleans, LA – United States Marshal Genny May proudly announced that on Wednesday, April 24th deputies from the Eastern District of Louisiana participated in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” offers a simple solution for people to dispose of old or unused medication without any paperwork or reporting involved. It also aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. Deputies manned a collection station at the Eastern District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse/Hale Boggs Federal Building and were able to collect 25 pounds of medications.

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

In the five previous Take-Back events, the DEA in conjunction with state, local, federal and tribal law enforcement partners have removed more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications from circulation.

For further information about The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day visit http://www.justice.gov/dea/divisions/hq/2013/hq042513.shtml.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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