The Santa Monica Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold an event to allow the public to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in front of the Santa Monica Police Department at 333 Olympic Drive.
An officer will be available at the curb for visitors to drive up and drop off unused or unwanted prescription drugs, helping to prevent potential pill abuse. The service is free, anonymous and no questions will be asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous “take-back events,” DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds – over a thousand tons – of pills.
Police note that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. 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 safety and health hazards.
Local law enforcement agencies and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.