Since the LASD started the Safe Drug Drop-off program four years ago (2009), the public has shown a strong willingness to help protect the environment and reduce the possibility of unused prescription drugs falling into the wrong hands.
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This successful program continues to provide a unique opportunity for residents to safely and anonymously drop-off expired or unused prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, syringes (sharps), and any other controlled substances.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department participates in this program 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that residents have a safe way to dispose of these items. The practice of flushing medicines down the drain can have an adverse impact on aquatic wildlife. Wastewater treatment plants are not able to test or treat for pharmaceuticals. Therefore, the drugs end up in our rivers, streams, lakes, groundwater systems and oceans.
Saving unused or expired medications can lead to improper and illegal use if they fall into the wrong hands.
Children and others may access these medications from medicine cabinets and either use them inappropriately, sell them or give to others for illegal and unintended uses. A safer solution for the environment is to bring your old medications to the designated drug drop-off boxes available at twenty of our sheriff’s stations listed below.
2009 News Release: http://nixle.com/alert/3536026/
In September of 2009, Sheriff Lee Baca was joined at Lomita Sheriff’s Station by members of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, along with various city officials from the South Bay to promote the new “Safe Drug Drop-off” program.
The National Take Back Initiative is set for Saturday October 26, 2013 between 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. For more information, please visit the links below.
Safe Drug Drop-Off Program available at local LASD Sheriff’s Stations:
The public is urged to ‘Safely Drop-Off’ your unused prescription drugs 24-hours a day, seven days a week, at Safe-Drug Drop-Off Boxes at any of these sheriff’s stations of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Click on the link for the address and phone number if needed:
1. Altadena Station: http://www.Altadena.lasd.org
2. Carson Station: http://www.Carson.lasd.org
3. Century Station: http://www.Century.lasd.org
4. Compton Station: http://www.Compton.lasd.org
5. Crescenta Valley Station: http://www.CrescentaValley.lasd.org
6. East Los Angeles Station: http://www.EastLA.lasd.org
7. Industry Station: http://www.Industry.lasd.org
8. Lakewood Station: http://www.Lakewood.lasd.org
9. Lancaster Station: http://www.Lancaster.lasd.org
10. Lomita Station: http://www.Lomita.lasd.org
11. Malibu / Lost Hills Station: http://www.LostHills.lasd.org
12. Marina Del Rey Station: http://www.MarinaDelRey.lasd.org
13. Norwalk Station: http://www.Norwalk.lasd.org
14. Palmdale Station: http://www.Palmdale.lasd.org
15. Pico Rivera Station: http://www.PicoRivera.lasd.org
16. San Dimas Station: http://www.SanDimas.lasd.org
17. Santa Clarita Valley Station: http://www.SantaClarita.lasd.org
18. South Los Angeles http://www.SouthLA.lasd.org
19. Temple Station: http://www.Temple.lasd.org
20. Walnut / Diamond Bar Station: http://www.Walnut.lasd.org
21. West Hollywood Station: http://www.WestHollywood.lasd.org
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Source: Santa Clarita News