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Drop Off Old, Expired Drugs on Saturday

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will have two drop-off locations in Palos Verdes.

Local law-enforcement agencies in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency are hosting two drop-off points on the Palos Verdes Peninsula 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 Palos Verdes Estates Police Department at 240 Palos Verdes Drive W. in Palos Verdes Estates and at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lomita Station at 26123 S. Narbonne Ave. in Lomita.

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.”

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