Kaiser Permanente Southern California facilities, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, are inviting residents to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fourteen Kaiser Permanente Southern California facilities will be participating as drop-off sites, including the Fontana location.
This event aims to raise awareness about public safety and health issues, while providing communities with a convenient and anonymous way to safely dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medications.
Residents in San Bernardino County will have the opportunity to drop off their expired, unwanted or unneeded medication at two Kaiser Permanente facilities:
• Fontana Medical Center, 9661 Sierra Avenue, Fontana, in front of Building 3
• Ontario Medical Center, 2295 S Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, in front of Building B (OVASC)
The event will also feature an opportunity to learn more about diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and which medications older adults should avoid.
Those unable to participate in Drug Take Back Day can properly dispose of medicines at drug disposal kiosks inside numerous Kaiser Permanente facilities throughout Southern California, including in the Fontana and Ontario Medical Center pharmacies. These kiosks will be available for public use during regular service hours.
“At Kaiser Permanente, we care about the total health of our Southern California community, and believe it's our duty to educate residents about the importance of the proper and safe disposal of prescription drugs,” said Alan Kiyohara, vice president of Pharmacy Operations and Services for Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
“We also want to raise public awareness about the significant harm that comes from abuse of medications. Studies tell us medicines that remain unused in the home are highly susceptible to misuse that can have dire implications on a person's health.”
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. continues to be high, as is the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to prescription drugs. According to the DEA, more people start down the path of addiction through the misuse of opioid prescription drugs.