Long Beach Police Department to Partner with Local Hospital to Take Back Prescription Drugs

Dispose of your prescription drugs safely this Saturday at Long Beach Medical Center as part of a “Drug Take-Back” event in collaboration with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

The free, anonymous drive-thru service will be offered from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Drivers just need to drive up to a disposal bin.

The driver of the 25th, 50th, 75th and 100th participating vehicles will be awarded a pair of Aquarium of the Pacific tickets, according to LBPD officials.

“This initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft through the collection of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs,” the LBPD said in a statement. “Previous events the department hosted yielded hundreds of pounds of pharmaceuticals and we are hoping this event will be just as successful.”

Officials said throwing away unused medications or flushing them down the toilet present potential safety and health hazards. Once these pills are collected on Saturday they will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration who will safely destroy them.

For more information regarding the National Take Back Initiative, visit www.dea.gov or contact the Long Beach Police Department’s Drug Investigations Section at (562) 570-7221.

The Long Beach Medical Center is located at 2801 Atlantic Avenue.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.