Save lives and protect the environment, turn in unused and expired medications
The City of Bellflower and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have once again partnered with Kaiser Permanente to host a National Take Back Initiative event on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Office (9400 E. Rosecrans Ave. Bellflower, CA 90706). The collection site entrance will be indicated on Clark Ave. Local residents can turn in unused or expired medication anonymously for proper disposal by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The event is free and open to the public.
Last year, the event collected over 500 lbs. of dated medicine. Medications like personal prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, vitamins, and herbal supplements are now a leading cause of child poisoning deaths.
Bringing expired, unused, and unwanted medication to a take-back event like this also helps the environment. In the past, people were advised to flush unused medication down the toilet, but this can contaminate the water. Prescription drugs that are collected by the DEA will be disposed of by the safest means available for this waste stream.
There is also a permanent drug-take-back bin at the entrance of the Lakewood Sheriff's Station at 5130 Clark Ave. where prescription pills, ointments and syrups can be dropped off no questions asked. No sharps are accepted at this location. For more information visit www.dea.gov or www.kp.org.