LAPD To Conduct Biannual DEA Drug Take Back Day Saturday, Oct. 23


On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting its biannual DEA Drug Take Back Day. This will be held in the North parking lot (off of Central Avenue) 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 restrictions, 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.  This entrance will be on the central side of the Police Department. 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. 

Items that have not been accepted in the past has included:  Needles/ sharps, any liquids or creams, and aerosol/ compressed medications.  For this event, we will have supplies available for people to be able to dispose of their liquids, creams, and aerosols on site.  We will also have a sharps container available for anyone to drop of their injectable medications.  

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 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.