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8,190 Pounds of Pills Collected in Greater L.A. Area in Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Program

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The Drug Enforcement Administration Los Angeles Field Division announced yesterday they collected 8,190 pounds of medicine as part of the Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Program held on Saturday, September 25th.The goal of the one-day event was to give people a safe method and location for disposing of unwanted prescription medication.

Timothy J. Landrum, DEA Special Agent in Charge remarks: “Unused or expired medications are a public safety issue, and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse."

During the event, in the greater L.A. area, in which they included Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, 78 collection sites were set up and operated by 36 local law enforcement agencies.

If you were not able to participate in the event, here's some information on how to properly dispose of prescription medication. (Hint: "Giving it to a friend" or "Craigslist" are not included.)