MANY, La – Partnership with Attorney General’s Office to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Sheriff Aaron Mitchell today announced a new tool for the citizens of Sabine Parish to aid them in fighting the opioid epidemic.
A new prescription drug take-back box is now placed at the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office with the hope that residents will drop off their unused or expired prescription drugs in it –rather than having them remain in homes, easily accessible to experimenters or addicts.
“Unfortunately, Louisiana is eighth in the nation for most drug overdoses, with over 1000 of our neighbors dying from prescription overdoses in 2019,” said Attorney General Landry. “So, we are grateful that Sheriff Mitchell is housing a take back box to help get dangerous drugs out of homes and safely disposed.”
In partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Attorney General Landry has helped provide these resources across the State to better protect the citizens of Louisiana.
“We are proud to partner with Attorney General Landry and help him fight the statewide opioid epidemic,” said Sheriff Mitchell. “By properly disposing of unused or expired opioids, we can help assist the men and women of Sabine combat opioid abuse, misuse, and addiction.”
“Through our partnership with AG Landry and local law enforcement, we’ve been able to give more Louisiana residents access to a safe, easy way to get rid of their unused, expired and leftover prescription drugs,” said Michael Tipton, director of Community Relations and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. “That gets them out of homes and off the streets, preventing them from being stolen, abused or misused.”
Those who place prescription drugs into the drop box do so anonymously, and they are encouraged to either place drugs in a zip bag or remove all identifying labels from the pill bottle.
“Far too often, people who abuse prescription drugs get them from their own home or from someone they know,” concluded Attorney General Landry. “So, I will continue to do all that I can to prevent these drugs from ending up in the wrong hands.”
The Sabine Drug Take Back Box may be found in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office at 400 Capitol Street in Many. For a list of all locations in Louisiana, please visit www.EndTheEpidemicLA.org.