On 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 10:00 a.m., and will run until 2:00 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 ask you 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. We want to encourage people to remain in their vehicles, as we will not allow people to park and walk up to the box. Officers will be wearing appropriate PPE for this event, and ask those that come will be required to wear a mask. If you come to this event and are not in a vehicle, arrangements will be made on site to ensure you are able to drop off your medications.
As a reminder, items that are not allowed to be dropped off include: Needles/ sharps, any liquids or creams, and aerosol/ compressed medications. Los Alamos Police Department is currently working on creating a program that will allow us to obtain 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 we are excited to bring this program back.
If you have any questions, please contact Det. Joseph Robinson, at 663-1888.