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Capital Region Gets New Location to Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs

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November 07, 2017

BATON ROUGE: Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined Baton Rouge Police Chief Jonny Dunnam today to announce a new effort in Baton Rouge to combat the opioid epidemic.

Through a partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) – General Landry is providing the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) a drug take back box, in which residents of the Capital Region may drop off their unused or expired prescriptions. 

“Far too often, people who abuse prescription drugs get them from the medicine cabinets of someone they know so it is a pleasure to join Chief Dunnam in helping the residents of Baton Rouge rid their homes of drugs,” said General Landry. “Today’s announcement is the latest step we are taking to make Louisiana a safer place for our families, friends, and guests.”

The drug take back box to be located at BRPD Headquarters (9000 Airline Highway) comes at a critical time in Baton Rouge, where there has been a noticeable uptick of both opioid abuse and crime over the past year. “Baton Rouge currently ranks 23rd nationally in the percentage of citizens abusing opioids obtained illegally, and the city ranks 17th nationally in opioid prescriptions being abused,” explained General Landry. “What’s more: since the Governor expanded Medicaid welfare last year, the number of opioid prescriptions has nearly doubled in our State.” 

“Studies show that the majority of prescription drugs abused by teens are obtained from unused prescription medications prescribed to members of the teen's family and friends,” said Chief Dunnam. “We hope that having this prescription take back box in our building will help to reduce the number of people that abuse these potentially addictive drugs that can lead to overdose. We are excited to join Attorney General Jeff Landry's efforts to help reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths in our area and help make our communities safer.”

“As part of our commitment to improve the health and lives of Louisianians, we are proud to join Attorney General Jeff Landry and local law enforcement to give more Capital Area residents access to secure drug disposal boxes," said Michael Tipton, head of Community Relations for BCBSLA and president of the Blue Cross Foundation. "As part of our shared effort to lower risks from opioids and other drugs in our state, we are providing a safe, anonymous way to get rid of unused or expired prescription medication and prevent abuse, misuse or theft."

The locations of all Drug Take Back Boxes in Louisiana may be found at www.EndTheEpidemicLA.org


 
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