LBPD Teams With Long Beach Memorial Medical Center For National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Event
2013-10-22 · By Editor
The Long Beach Police Department will once again join forces with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Pharmaceutical Take-Back initiative, along with several other law enforcement agencies around the nation.
This initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft through the collection of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The last event held in April of 2013 yielded 634 pounds of pharmaceuticals, 49 more pounds than the previous event held in September of 2012, and we are hoping that this event will be even more successful.
The event will offer a drive-thru service that is free and anonymous. The driver of the 25th, 50th, 75th, and 100th participating vehicle will be awarded a pair of Aquarium of the Pacific tickets. The Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Pharmaceutical Take-Back event is Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Long Beach Memorial 2801 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach (enter main campus entrance off of Atlantic Ave., and exit campus onto Long Beach Blvd.)
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medications that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Prescription drug abuse in the United States is increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to their availability. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medications, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away … both potential safety and health hazards.
Once collected, the unwanted pharmaceuticals will be turned over to the DEA who will safely destroy the drugs. For more information regarding the National Take Back Initiative, visit www.dea.gov or contact the Long Beach Police Department’s Drug Investigations Section at (562) 570-7221.