Unwanted Medication Take Back in Altadena Wednesday Can Prevent Drug Abuse

Published : Monday, August 12, 2019 | 6:21 AM

The Altadena Sheriff’s Station will be taking in all types of unwanted prescription drugs at a special event on Wednesday, August 14, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Altadena Community Center, at 730 E. Altadena Drive, just west of the Sheriff’s Station.

Staff will be setting up a receiving counter under a green awning at the Community Center., according to an announcement by the Altadena Sheriff’s Station.

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 announcement said. The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

“Some medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” the announcement continued. “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 have shown 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.

The event is intended to receive unwanted medicines from private persons only, and not companies that dispense medication.

For more information, call (626) 798-1131 or visit the Altadena Sheriff’s Station at 780 E. Altadena Drive.

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