News Release
September 29, 2010
Public Affairs
Number: 213-621-6827

Los Angeles Area Residents Assist in Collection of Thousands of
Pounds of Medicine

SEP 29 - LOS ANGELES – Timothy J. Landrum, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Los Angeles Field Division, announced today that 8,190 pounds of medicine was collected in the greater Los Angeles area as part of the Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. This one day nationwide event was held on Saturday, September 25, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and provided area residents the ability to dispose of unused and expired medications.

“The Prescription Drug Take-Back program provided area residents with a safe way to dispose of their unwanted medication,” said Timothy J. Landrum, DEA Special Agent in Charge. “Unused or expired medications are a public safety issue, and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. This collaborative effort resulted in removing more than 8,000 pounds of medicine out of our homes, greatly reducing the hazard they pose to our families and communities.”

In the Los Angeles area, to include Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, 36 local police and sheriff departments hosted 78 collections sites resulting in the collection of 8,190 pounds of medicine.

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.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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 family and friends, including 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.

For additional information pertaining to DEA and prescription drug abuse, visit www.dea.gov, www.justthinktwice.gov , or www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com.

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