Walgreens is taking a stance against the growing opioid epidemic in Louisiana by placing safe drug disposals kiosks in 12 locations around the state. Governor John Bel Edwards held a press conference at a Walgreens pharmacy earlier today to discuss the importance of safely throwing away old prescription medications. He says the placement of the kiosks is a step in the right direction to stopping opioid addiction.
“There are far too many families being torn apart by preventable deaths and we must all continue this fight as best we can.”
Statistics show by mid-year 2016 in East Baton Rouge and Orleans Parishes, deaths due to narcotic overdoses surpassed homicide deaths. Edwards says properly disposing of old prescription drugs can prevent friends and family members from experimenting with opioids. He says once addiction begins it can spiral out of control.
“In many, many cases, prescription drugs serve as a gateway to abuse heroin and other dangerous drugs on the street. Obviously, we have to stop that as best we can.”