AG's office announces new tool for BRPD to fight opioid epidemic

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined interim Baton Rouge Police Chief Jonny Dunnam and other leaders to announce a new partnership in the fight against the opioid epidemic in the state.

A news conference to highlight a new tool for the Baton Rouge Police Department to combat opioid addiction was held at 10 a.m.

Landry said there will now be a "drug take back box" at BRPD Headquarters for people to drop off old prescription medications with no questions asked.

"The drugs that are in those medicine cabinets that they are not using, can absolutely cause someone to become addicted," Landry said. "That's because someone can wander into that closet - a teenager, college student.."

The Zachary and Southern Police Departments already have similar boxes. There's also one at the Walgreen's on Government Street.

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The Attorney General says his goal is to have at least one in every parish statewide.


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