Louisiana's Attorney General Jeff Landry was in Franklinton today (March 31, 2021) to address the opioid epidemic. Landry said, " I am here because of the commitment by Sheriff Seal, Chief Bullen, Chief Brown, and their law enforcement agencies to stand with me to protect the families from Angie to Mt. Hermon, Bogalusa to Thomas, Franklinton to Varnado, and everywhere in between."
Landry spoke of the acceleration of overdoses: from July 2019 to July 2020, more than 1,700 Louisianans died from overdoses. Our State’s total is 53% more than the number that died during the same time period the year before, a spike twice as steep as the national average.
Actions he has taken to combat the epidemic include
- holding manufacturers and distributors accountable
- educational campaigns for parents, co-workers, and others
- making Naloxone available to first responders
In addition and part of the reason for his visit to Franklinton, Landry unveiled a drug take back box that is available to the public 24/7 at the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office in Franklinton. The take back box is a safe and secure spot for people to dispose of their no-longer-needed medications and keep them from the hands of addicts or potential addicts.
This life-saving opportunity is made possible through a partnership between the Attorney General's office, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators.
Sheriff Randy Seal and Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown encouraged all residents to do their part and use the take back box to dispose of medications.