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Anaheim Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs at Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center, Saturday, September 29
ANAHEIM, CA - (September 26, 2012) - Saturday, September 29 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and the Anaheim Police Department, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Orange County, the Orange County Sanitation District, 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 on how to safely dispose of medications properly, please visit the Orange County Sanitation District’s “What 2 Flush” campaign at www.ocsd.com or www.nodrugsdownthedrain.org.

    About Kaiser Permanente

    Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 3.5 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. Kaiser Permanente Orange County currently serves more than 455,000 members through a network of approximately 6,300 employees and 960 physicians. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.


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