BELLFLOWER – The city of Bellflower and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have partnered with Kaiser Permanente to host a National Drug Take Back Initiative event on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower medical offices, located 9400 E. Rosecrans Ave.
Local residents can turn in unused or expired medication anonymously for proper disposal by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The event is free and open to the public with the site entrance located on Clark Avenue.
Last year, the event collected over 500 lbs. of dated medicine. Medications like personal prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, vitamins, and herbal supplements are now a leading cause of child poisoning deaths.
Bringing expired, unused, and unwanted medication to a take-back event like this also helps the environment. In the past, Americans were advised to flush unused medication down the toilet, but this was proven to contaminate the water.
There is also a permanent drug-take-back bin at the entrance of the Lakewood Sheriff's Station at 5130 Clark Ave., where prescription pills, ointments and syrups can be dropped off no questions asked. No sharps are accepted at this location.