LAPD Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs in Conjunction with Kaiser Permanente NA13060ne

April 24, 2013

The Los Angeles Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 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.  Bring your medications for disposal to the following collection sites:

Saturday, April 27, 2013
10 a.m., till 2 p.m.

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

Location 2- Kaiser Panorama City
13652 Cantara St.
Panorama City, Ca. 91402
North 3 Medical Office

Location 3- Kaiser Harbor City
25825 S. Vermont Ave.
Harbor City, CA 90710
Vermont Pavilion

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

Location 5- Vermont Pavilion
25825 S. Vermont Ave.
Harbor City, CA 90710

LAPD and Kaiser Representatives will be available at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center location to speak on the event.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked

Last September, Americans turned in 488,395 pounds—244 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement partners.  In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 2 million pounds—1,018 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act.  Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Los Angeles Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.