What: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Betty Ford Center of Los Angeles, and Kaiser Permanente (KP) will give the public another opportunity to prevent leftover prescription and expired over the counter drugs from falling into the wrong hands or polluting the environment. Safely and legally dispose of unwanted chemicals in your medicine cabinet. In the wrong hands, these drugs could be harmful to our environment or worse, be used by children or criminals.
***NO SHARP NEEDLES WILL BE ACCEPTED***
Saturday, October 22, 2016
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, 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 S. Vermont Avenue
Harbor City, CA 90710
Location 4- Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
4760 West Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90027
Location 5- Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center
5601 De Soto Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Location 6- Betty Ford Center Rite-Aid parking lot
11321 National Blvd Los Angeles CA 90064
LAPD and DEA Representatives will be available at collection site.
Why: On September 26, 2015, Americans turned in 702,365 pounds—350 tons—of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement partners.
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 general public about the potential for abuse of medications. 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 are—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
The Los Angeles Police Department encourages the public to participate and help remove these unwanted, expired and unneeded prescription drugs from their home and use one of the six collection sites for disposal.