The Glendale Police Department and the Glendale Fire Department joined together with DEA to host a "drive-thru" style collection site in the Glendale, California area. Residents dropped off their medication and received information from DEA and L.A. County on proper disposal of medications and hazardous material.
The Glendale Police Department in conjunction with the Crescenta Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition joined with DEA to host a collection site in the Montrose-La Crescenta area of L.A. County. Members of the Glendale PD and the community coalition group collected medications and provided drug prevention literature to members of the community.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Timothy J. Landrum, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Los Angeles Field Division, announced today that Los Angeles area residents turned in 16,221 pounds of medicine – more than 8 tons – as part of the DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. This nationwide event was held on Saturday, April 30, 2011, and provided area residents the ability to dispose of unused and expired medications.
“The Prescription Drug Take-Back program gives area residents a safe way to dispose of their unwanted medication,” said Timothy J. Landrum, DEA Special Agent in Charge. “These medications represent a public safety issue, and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. I want to thank our partners for reaching into our communities and making residents aware of the potential danger of having unused and expired medication in our homes. This collaborative effort resulted in getting more than 8 tons of medicine out of our homes, greatly reducing the hazard they pose to our families and communities.”
In the Los Angeles area, 68 local law enforcement agencies and community groups from Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties joined with DEA to host 123 collections sites resulting in the collection of 16,221 pounds of medicine. This is twice the amount that was collected in September 2010. Many collection sites provided “drive thru” service to provide convenient access for residents. Community groups and coalitions also joined with DEA to provide drug awareness literature and community resource information.
A list of websites is provided below that will give several options on how to properly dispose of unwanted controlled substances. Additionally many state and local police departments have plans to continue this program within their department.
Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, 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 the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.