Saturday, April 24, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting its biannual DEA Drug Take Back Day.
This will be held in the South parking lot (Trinity Drive Justice Center Lot) of the Los Alamos Police Department.
This event will begin at 10 a.m., and run until 2 p.m. Due to COVID-19, additional precautions have been put in place to ensure the safety of all individuals who partake. The Los Alamos Police Department asks the public to follow the guidelines to ensure a safe process for everyone.
The DEA Drug Takeback event will have one entry way into the parking lot. There will be cones to guide those that come into the parking lot as well as officers to assist drivers to drive by a drop off box. LAPD wants to encourage people to remain in their vehicles, as people will not be allowed to park and walk up to the box.
Officers will be wearing appropriate PPE for this event, and remind those who attend that they will be required to wear a mask. Arrangements will be made on site for those who come to this event and are not in a vehicle, to ensure they are able to drop off their medications.
As a reminder, items that are not allowed to be dropped off include:
- Liquids or creams; and
- Aerosol/compressed medications.
LAPD is working on creating a program that will allow them to accept needles and sharps that are prescription related.
This drug diversion program is a part of a national initiative by the DEA. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
This program has been highly successful for the Los Alamos Police Department, and it is excited to bring this program back.
Direct questions about this event to Det. Joseph Robinson at at 505.663.1888.