SHREVEPORT, LA – Attorney General Jeff Landry continues his efforts to
fight opioid abuse, misuse, and addiction as today he established Drug Take
Back Box locations in Northwest Louisiana.
At a press conference this morning - General Landry, Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, and Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington teamed with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) in announcing drug take back boxes for Northwest Louisiana residents to dispose of their unused and expired prescription drugs.
“The opioid crisis has devastated thousands of families throughout our State, which is why I am partnering with public and private entities to fight this horrible epidemic,” said General Landry. “I am thankful Sheriffs Whittington and Prator are helping us to get these drugs out of medicine cabinets and away from those who may misuse them.”
“A large percentage of people who abuse prescription drugs get them from the medicine cabinets of family and friends,” said Sheriff Prator. “Our office always takes part in the national take back event, but having a drug drop box available to our citizens year-round will provide a way for them to safely dispose of unused prescriptions, keeping them out of the wrong hands.”
“This innovative effort by Attorney General Landry will allow us to have a permanent drug take back box so Bossier Parish residents will have a place where they can safely dispose of their medications anytime throughout the week,” said Sheriff Whittington. “It’s not just an issue of having medications in your bathroom cabinet that are expired – it’s a public safety issue aimed at preventing accidental poisonings, overdose or abuse and about keeping our communities safe.”
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also joined General Landry at today’s announcement, complementing the Louisiana AG for his initiative and highlighting the success of similar efforts in our neighboring state.
“Arkansas has an extensive drug take back box network throughout our 75 counties, and the addition of these boxes to parishes across northern Louisiana will be a great convenience for Arkansans who work or have friends and family across the state line,” said General Rutledge. “I am proud of General Landry’s leadership on this important issue. I know that he is committed, just as I am, to tackling the prescription drug abuse epidemic that is spreading across our states with an all-of-the-above approach that includes education, prevention and treatment.”
In September, General Landry announced drug box locations for the Northshore area in Southeast Louisiana. Today, he announced that boxes have been placed at the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office (505 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101) and the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office – Viking Drive Substation (2510 Viking Drive, Bossier City, LA 71111). More locations throughout the State are forthcoming - again, due to the partnership between General Landry's office, BCBSLA, and NADDI.
“We are proud of the progress made through our partnership with Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office and local law enforcement agencies to give more Louisiana residents access to secure drug disposal boxes,” said Michael Tipton, head of Community Relations for BCBSLA and president of the Blue Cross Foundation. “We are encouraged by the support from our neighboring state as we work together to promote prescription safety and lower the amount of opioids and other drugs in our communities.”
Those seeking more information, treatment resources, and drug drop box locations may visit www.EndTheEpidemicLA.org.