Published : Monday, October 1, 2018 | 1:58 PM
The Altadena Sheriff’s Station will be taking in all types of unwanted prescription drugs at a special event on Wednesday, October 3 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Station is located at 780 E. Altadena Dr. in Altadena, just west of Lake Avenue,
The “take back” event is being conducted to prevent abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked.
In a statement, the Station said medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, 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, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.