Where to drop off unused prescription drugs near Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA, CA – If you have expired or unused prescription medication taking up space in your medicine cabinet, Santa Monica residents have an opportunity to safely get rid of them later this month.

National Prescription Drug Return Day takes place on October 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The biannual event aims to enable the safe, convenient and responsible disposal of prescription drugs so that they do not fall into the wrong hands.

The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration will host the 21st event in collaboration with law enforcement agencies. During the April 2021 event, agencies collected nearly £ 840,000 of unused prescription drugs.

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The service is free and anonymous. All pills are accepted but liquids, needles and sharp objects are not accepted during the event.

The police will collect unused prescription drugs at several locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The drop-off points include:

  • Kaiser Pemanente Hospital West Los Angeles
  • El Segundo City Yard car park

If you can’t make it to one of these places, a year-round medication withdrawal website is available here.

Every year, millions of people abuse prescription pain relievers, stimulants, sedatives, and tranquilizers.

According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people abused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people used prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people abused prescription tranquilizers or tranquilizers.

The survey also showed that much of the misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from a medicine cabinet.

According to preliminary estimates by the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 96,700 people died from opioid overdoses in the twelve months ended March 2021.

The Environmental Protection Agency provides guidance on items that will not be accepted at take-back events, including the disposal of sharp objects and other medical waste. The Food and Drug Administration offers tips on how to get rid of expired or no longer needed liquid medications.

With the pandemic continuing, both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have tips on safely disposing of medicines without leaving your home.


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Where to drop off unused prescription drugs near Santa Monica

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