Community Drug Take Back Program Nets 220 Pounds Of Unwanted Meds

By On October 28, 2013

Saturday, October 26, Burbank Police Department’s COPS Bureau along with police departments across Los Angeles County offered the community the chance to bring old and and unwanted over-the-counter medicines and prescription drugs for proper disposal.

Cars drove up and people walked up, brought bags and boxes. Burbank residents got rid of unwanted medicines Saturday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Cars drove up and people walked up, brought bags, boxes. Burbank residents got rid of unwanted medicines Saturday Pictured is Officer Joshua Kendrick and Cadet Magdalena Bautista. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank residents brought old prescriptions in bags, boxes, wastebaskets and single pill bottles to the drop-off location located in the rear parking lot of the police station.

The Drug Take Back Program started a few years ago when it was discovered that unwanted prescription drugs were being flushed down the toilets, polluting waterways, and others were being put into the trash, ending up in landfills.

This past Saturday, the collection of unwanted  drugs was 220 pounds, the most ever collected in recent years. The drugs were boxed up and transported to be disposed of in a incinerator.

People brought bags, and plenty of them, with old medicines to be safety destroyed instead of them ending up in our water ways, and landfills. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

People brought bags and plenty of them with old medicines to be safety destroyed instead of them ending up in our water ways, and landfills. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick of the COPS Bureau takes a bag of expired medicines during Saturdays Drug Take Back Program. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick of the COPS Bureau takes a bag of expired medicines during Saturdays Drug Take Back Program. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank Police plan on continuing the community service every six months. So, if you missed this past weekends collection, hold on to your old and outdated medicines in a safe place and then  watch myburbank.com and its master calendar for the next collection event.