BEVERLY HILLS—On Saturday, April 27, the Beverly Hills Public Library, along with four Kaiser Permanente locations in the
Los Angeles area, hosted the Take-Back event.
The event is devoted to gathering expired, unused or unwanted medications. The library, located on
444 North Rexford Drive, was able to collect 52 pounds of old prescription drugs between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Individuals who took part in the event were able to do so safely and anonymously.
Considering the increasing rate at which accidental poisoning and overdoses occur, federal and local officials are taking action to address the growing problem.
Beverly Hills Public Library.
The Los Angeles Police Department organized the event with the help of the DEA and Kaiser Permanente. According to the DEA, the past five Take Back events have been successful in collecting more than two million pounds of pills.
According to the press release issued by the LAPD, studies suggest 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 of disposing unused medicine by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.
The Take-Back events have made strides in the DEA’s efforts to bring awareness to this issue. Four days after the first event took place, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. The act amended the Controlled Substance Act to allow the prescribed user of a drug to take the medications to authorized locations approved by the Attorney General.
The implementation of the Act remains a work-in-progress, but until new regulations are set in place, local agencies along with the DEA will hold Take-Back events in areas throughout the country every few months.
The LAPD has reportedly indicated that they will pursue more drop-off events in the
Los Angeles area in the near future.