The events give the public a chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by safely getting rid of their unused or unwanted medications.
At Kaiser Permanente, the medical center is offering a drive-thru service near the patient drop-off area at the hospital's entrance so the public can easily dispose of the medicines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a news release. The medical center is located at 1011 Baldwin Park Boulevard in Baldwin Park.
The service is both free and anonymous.
The following items will be accepted: controlled substances/prescriptions, non-controlled substances/prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and veterinary medications (pills and solids only).
Items that won't be accepted include liquid waste products, intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes, hazardous or household waste (paint, oil, batteries, etc.).
“We are eager to partner with the Baldwin Park Police Department and the DEA to provide this opportunity for members of the community to safely dispose of unwanted medications,” Terry Hustana, Area Pharmacy Director, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, said in a news release. “At last year’s event, we collected 1,000 pounds of medications that that would normally end up in a land fill, in our water systems, or in other people’s hands. This is a much-needed service that I encourage everyone to take advantage of.”
Other places Diamond Bar and Walnut residents can drop off their unwanted medications include the following:
- Los Angeles County Sheriff's Walnut/Diamond Bar Station - 21695 E. Valley Boulevard in Walnut
- Industry Sheriff's Station - 150 N. Hudson Ave., La Puente
- Pomona Police Department front desk - 490 Mission Boulevard
In addition to the risk of accidental poisonings
and overdoses related to these drugs, the public is now advised that the
typical method of flushing these medicines down the toilet also poses a
potential safety and health hazard, officials said.