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***
April 27, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bring your medications for disposal to the following collection sites:
Location 1- Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center 6041 Cadillac Avenue Los Angeles, California 90034 Parking Lot 3
Location 2- Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center 13652 Cantara Street Panorama City, California 91402 Front of North Building #3 Medical Office
Location 3- Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center Parkview Medical Office Building 25825 South Vermont Avenue Harbor City, California 90710
Location 4- Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center 4760 West Sunset Blvd Hollywood, California 90027
Location 5- Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center 5601 De Soto Avenue Woodland Hills, California 91367
Location 6- CVS Pharmacy 15232 Sherman Way Van Nuys, CA 91405 Rear parking lot Sponsored by San Fernando Valley Partnership for Substance Abuse Prevention
Location 7- First Baptist Church of Los Angeles 760 S. Westmoreland Av Los Angeles, CA 90005 8th Street parking lot Sponsored by the Korea Town Youth Center
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.