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Thursday, October 25, 2018

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LAPD and DEA Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs in Conjunction with Kaiser Permanente

What:
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Kaiser Permanente (KP) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.


***NO SHARP NEEDLES WILL BE ACCEPTED***


When:
Saturday, October 27, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Where:
Bring your medications for disposal to the following collection sites:

Location 1- Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center
6041 Cadillac Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca. 90034
Parking Lot #3

Location 2- Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center
13652 Cantara Street
Panorama City, Ca. 91402
Front of North 3 Medical Office

Location 3- Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center
Parkview Medical Office Building
25825 South Vermont Avenue
Harbor City, Ca. 90710

Location 4- Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
4760 West Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, Ca. 90027

Location 5- Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center
5601 De Soto Ave
Woodland Hills, Ca. 91367

Location 6- KOA Center Parking Lot
3727 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, Ca. 90020

Location 7
- Hollywood Station Senior Lead Officer Building
6501 Fountain Avenue
Hollywood, CA. 90028
(Senior Lead Officer building)

Location 8- Spring Street Park
426 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90017


Why:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States (US) is in the midst of a prescription painkiller overdose epidemic. Prescription medication related deaths have been deemed as the number one cause of accidental deaths in the US. A large portion of those deaths are directly related to opioid prescription painkillers that are frequently overprescribed. Since 2009, prescribing of prescription painkillers in the US has quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain reported by patients in the US. Because of the overprescribing of prescription painkillers, the US has seen more abuse and more overdose deaths. Furthermore, prescription medication is fast becoming the new "party" drugs for many teenagers. The new trend among youth is known as "pharming" or, kids using prescription drugs for recreational use. Many parents are not aware that their own medicine cabinets are potential sources of these drugs for teenage abuse. This practice is life-threatening, and a kid can die doing it for the first time. By education, awareness, and giving the public the opportunity to dispose unused, unwanted and expire prescription drugs are the key to preventing the abuse of prescription medication by adults and teenagers. On Saturday, October 27, 2018, LAPD and DEA will give the public an opportunity to dispose unused and expired prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


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