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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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LAPD and DEA Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs in Conjunction with Kaiser Permanente NA19148ma

What:
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 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***

When:
Saturday, October 26, 2019
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 South Vermont Avenue
Harbor City, Ca. 90710

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

Location 5- California Highway Patrol - West Valley Station #580
in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente
5825 De Soto Avenue
Woodland Hills, Ca. 91367

Location 6- First Baptist Church in conjunction with Koreatown Youth Community Center
760 S. Westmoreland Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca. 90005

Location 7- LAPD Olympic Station in conjunction with Koreatown Youth Community Center
1130 Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA. 90006
Parking Lot

Location 8- CVS Pharmacy in conjunction with the San Fernando Valley Partnership
15232 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA. 91405
Rear Parking Lot

Location 9- Wal-Mart
6433 Fallbrook Avenue
West Hills, CA. 91307
Garden Center Entrance - South Parking Lot


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 26, 2019, LAPD, DEA and their partners will give the public an opportunity to dispose unused and expired prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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