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Posted on: September 24, 2015

Anaheim Police Department Partners with Kaiser Permanente Orange County

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The Anaheim Police Department, in partnership with the Kaiser Permanente Orange County the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is encouraging community members to participate in the 10th “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” on Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prescription drug take-back programs provide local residents with an opportunity to safely and easily dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medicines.

Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center will serve as a drop-off site for disposal of expired, unwanted and unused medicines. Residents may bring their medications for disposal, the service is FREE, easy and anonymous.

Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center
Kraemer Medical Office Building 1
3460 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, Ca. 92806
(Drive-through drop-off at turn-around driveway in front of building)

“Events like this not only address a crucial public safety and public health concern, but they provide pharmacies and law enforcement with an additional forum for raising awareness about the benefits of participating in the program,” said Paula Barton Mann, Vice President, National Pharmacy Compliance, Kaiser Permanente. “Care providers like Kaiser Permanente often take this opportunity to educate patients and families about the dangers of expired, unwanted, or unused medications, particularly when they are not properly destroyed. It has historically been quite a successful program for us, and one our members frequently utilize.”

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. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 44 people die from drug overdoses involving prescription painkillers every day in the United States. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

“This program has been a tremendous success,” said Alan Kiyohara, vice president, Pharmacy Operations and Services, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “In 2014, our Southern California facilities collected more than 7,300 pounds of expired or unwanted medicines. By properly disposing of prescription drugs, we eliminate expired or unwanted medication that can otherwise pose a hazard to the safety of children, families, local communities and the environment.”

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