Numerous Southland law enforcement organizations will team up with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Saturday to collect unwanted prescription medications.
The so-called National Take Back Initiative collections will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at various locations where people can drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Among the locations are four Kaiser facilities in Los Angeles:
- Kaiser West LA, 6041 Cadillac Ave., parking lot 3, Los Angeles;
- Kaiser Panorama City, 13652 Cantara St., North 3 Medical Office;
- Kaiser Harbor City, 25825 S. Vermont Ave., Vermont Pavilion; and
- Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, 4760 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.
Other locations include:
- police station, 3300 Civic Center Drive, Torrance;
- police station, 2200 Huntington Drive, San Marino;
- sheriff's station, 5019 E. Third St., East Los Angeles;
- sheriff's station, 780 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood;
- police station, 200 N. Third St., Burbank; and
- police station, 10911 Brookshire Ave., Downey.
- police station, 655 East 3rd St., San Bernardino
- police station, 15840 Smoke Tree St., Hesperia
- police station, 2500 S. Archibald Ave., Ontario
- senior center, 225 E. B Street, Ontario
A comprehensive list of the locations is available at www.justice.gov/dea. The service is free and no questions will be asked.
A total of 244 tons of prescription drugs were turned in nationwide during collections at over 5,200 sites last September, according to the LAPD.
"Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse," according to an LAPD statement.
Flushing medications down the toilet or disposing of them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards, according to the LAPD, which plans to hold Take Back events along with the DEA every few months.