New drop-off box allows locals to turn in prescription drugs

The Times Houma - Members of the Houma Police Department (HPD) and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry gathered at HPD headquarters (500 Honduras St., Houma) to announce a new tool to be used in the fight against the local opioid epidemic – a prescription drug medicine drop-box.

“There’s an absolutely alarming statistic out there that says basically 60 percent of opioid addicts start their addiction with someone else’s prescription,” said Landry at the press conference. “One of the ways that we can effectively combat this crisis is by getting those prescriptions that are just being stored in someone’s medicine cabinet...One of the answers to that is right here, and that is in placing a drug prescription take-back box.”