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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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LAPD Kaiser Permanente and Koreatown Youth and Community Center Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs NA18062ma

What:
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Kaiser Permanente (KP) and Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) 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, April 28, 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 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
Koreatown Youth and Community Center at the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles
760 South Westmoreland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Why:
In October of 2017, Americans turned in 912,305 pounds, 456 tons, of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement partners.

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 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 five collection sites for disposal.


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