PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2014
Released by: Lt. Bob Dunn, (714) 497-6330
Subject: The Anaheim Police Department and Kaiser Permanente Partner to Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs This Weekend
This Saturday, September 27, 2014 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and the Anaheim Police Department, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Orange County and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give local residents an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potential dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. From 10am-2pm, bring your medications for disposal to the following Kaiser Permanente Orange County drive-through, drop-off location:
- Kraemer Medical Office Building 1, on the campus of the Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center, 3460 E. La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, 92806
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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 health hazards.
For more information and resources visit www.dea.gov.
Kaiser Permanente Media Contact:
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
425 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 765-1521 Fax: (714) 765-1554
Raul Quezada, Chief of Police