My staff and I worked with Memorial Medical Center several years ago about providing a safe place to drop off your unused medications and your used sharps and syringes which you might use for your medications.
Take a moment to drive by Memorial Medical Center this coming Saturday and drop these items off safely. Please do not dispose of your medications in the toilet or down the sink as they wind up in our drinking water supply.
Take a look at the presentation on how to safely dispose of these meds if you are unable to make it to Memorial Medical Center on Saturday.
Safe Disposal of Meds
Long Beach Police Department has joined forces with Long Beach
Memorial, 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 2012 yielded 518
pounds of pharmaceuticals and we are hoping that this event will be just
The event will offer a drive-thru service that is free and anonymous.
Each car will receive a free giveaway (while supplies last), and the
driver of the 25th, 50th and 75th participating vehicle will be awarded a
pair of Aquarium of the Pacific tickets. The event will be held as
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Long Beach Memorial
2801 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA
(enter main campus entrance off of Atlantic Avenue, drive through campus on
Memorial Medical Center Drive and exit onto Long Beach Boulevard)
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 http://www.dea.gov or contact the Long Beach Police Department’s Drug Investigations Section at (562) 570-7221.
In addition, the City of Long Beach Department of Health &
Human Services will also be on hand at this event to collect sharps
(lancets, hypodermic needles, and syringes). According to California
state law, it is illegal to dispose of home-generated sharps waste in
the trash or recycling containers. This type of waste must be disposed
of in approved and properly labeled containers at sharps collection
points, household hazardous waste roundup events, hazardous waste sites
or through an approved medical waste mail-back service. For additional
information on the disposal of home-generated sharps, contact Glenn Fong
at (562) 570-4147 or visit www.longbeach.gov/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=3701&TargetID=32.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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