NEW ORLEANS, LA – The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is the most
recent recipient of nine drug take back boxes thanks to a partnership led by
Attorney General Jeff Landry.
General Landry today joined NOPD Commander Jimmy Scott to announce the placement of boxes at NOPD’s main headquarters and all eight district office locations.
Through a partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), General Landry is continuing his efforts to place a drug take back box in every parish throughout Louisiana for citizens to have a safe and secure location to drop off their unused or expired prescription drugs.
“Opioid addiction has increased dramatically throughout our communities, unfortunately leading ordinary citizens on a path or destruction,” said General Landry. “Fighting something as devastating and deadly as opioid abuse takes a multi-dimensional approach, and I am grateful to have our law enforcement partners standing with me as we work to rid our cities of drugs.
“These drug drop-off boxes are one more tool in our arsenal to help tackle the opioid epidemic," said NOPD Deputy Chief Paul Noel. "Cooperation between agencies, and between law enforcement and healthcare providers, is essential in winning that fight. Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction."
The drug take back locations for NOPD may be found here.
“We are proud that the New Orleans Police Department is taking yet another step forward in the fight against the opioid epidemic,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter, Director and Medical Director, New Orleans Health Department. “It is imperative that everyone take the time to get rid of any unneeded prescription drugs they have on hand to help reduce access to opioids. This is an example of how it will take a multi-agency and multi-departmental approach to end this epidemic.”
“We commend the New Orleans Police Department and area law enforcement for their commitment to place secure drug drop boxes in all of their district offices,” said Michael Tipton, head of Community Relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and president of the Blue Cross Foundation. “We’ve worked with Attorney General Jeff Landry and Louisiana law enforcement agencies to get more of these boxes installed around the state. These are a safe, easy way for residents to get rid of leftover prescription drugs and prevent them from being stolen, abused or misused.”
“The success of this resource has validated the need our communities had for a safe and secure place to bring unnecessary drugs,” concluded General Landry. “Both the opioid epidemic and crime epidemic are plaguing our State; and my office is committed to fighting them both aggressively.”