The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday it is modifying its Safe Drug Drop Off program to ensure that items are only brought in for disposal under the supervision of law enforcement personnel.
Boxes Replaced With Take-Back Events
In the past, the collection boxes were not manned. As a result, unauthorized items were often left in the boxes, including firearms, unidentified liquids and improperly packaged biohazardous needles placed in erroneous receptacles, according to the sheriff’s department.
“Based on these safety issues, the decision was made to remove the boxes and have a one day drug take-back event, sponsored by the stations each month,” according to a sheriff’s statement.
All existing station drug collection boxes have been labeled with a notice of removal, and the process of removing the boxes from their current locations has begun.
Deputies Will Be Present For The Drop Offs
Each sheriff’s station will identify one day during the month to provide the public with take back assistance. On the designated day, deputy personnel will be present to monitor and identify the items being dropped off.
“There will be no questions asked and no criminal consequence if illicit narcotics are dropped off during the designated dates,” according to the statement. “This modification is necessary in order to continue to collect and dispose of drugs in a safe manner.”
The station schedules are available via the sheriff’s department website www.lasd.org; and via its Nixle, Facebook and Twitter accounts.