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Acadiana Has New Tools in Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic
12/13/2017

AG Jeff Landry Secures Drug Take Back Boxes at Sheriff Offices

LAFAYETTE, LA – Continuing his efforts to fight opioid abuse, misuse, and addiction – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today joined Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber and St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz to announce drug take back box locations in Acadiana.

Earlier this year, General Landry partnered with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators to establish safe and secure locations for residents to drop off their unused or expired prescription drugs – rather than having them in their homes, easily accessible to experimenters or addicts.

“Fighting the opioid epidemic takes a multi-dimensional approach, and I am grateful to have law enforcement partners standing with me to tackle this devastating and deadly problem,” said General Landry. “I am thankful for the Sheriffs in Acadiana helping us to get unnecessary drugs out of medicine cabinets and away from those who may misuse them.”

“I am very pleased with this cooperative program between the Louisiana Attorney General's Office and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff¹s Office,” said Sheriff Garber. “I believe this program will help keep prescription drugs off the street and out of the hands of people who may abuse them.”

“I am happy and honored to partner with Attorney General Jeff Landry and Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber on the very important task of fighting this opioid epidemic in Acadiana,” said Sheriff Guidroz. “The abuse of these medications has dire implications for everyone in our Parish and State; and we hope that by facilitating the proper disposal of unused or expired opioids, we can help to bring this problem under control.”

“We’ve been working with Attorney General Landry and law enforcement agencies around the state to get secure drug drop boxes installed in more parishes, and we’re pleased to bring these boxes to the Acadiana area,” said Michael Tipton, head of community relations for BCBSLA and president of the Blue Cross Foundation. “This is a safe way for area residents to get rid of their unused and expired prescription drugs, which can prevent them from being stolen or abused.”

General Landry also plans to have additional drug take back boxes in Acadia and Vermilion Parishes soon.

“Sheriff Kip Gibson and Sheriff Mike Couvillon are working with our office to place boxes in their Parishes in the near future,” added General Landry. “And I hope to have at least one in every Parish throughout the State.”

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The locations of the drug take back boxes in Louisiana may be found at www.EndTheEpidemicLA.org.



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