The Redondo Beach Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency, is hosting two drop-off points for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Prescription drugs can be dropped off—no questions asked—at the Los Angeles County Southwest Special Education Office (former Knob Hill Community Center) at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Knob Hill Avenue in South Redondo Beach and at the city's Parks and Recreation Center at 1922 Artesia Blvd. in North Redondo Beach.
The purpose of the day is to provide a venue for those who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. All you have to do is drive by and drop them off, no questions asked.
According to a release issued by the DEA, Americans that participated in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “With the continued support and hard work of our more than 3,945 state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners, these three events have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue.”