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Safe Drug Drop Off - Sheriff Baca, L.A. County communities,
and Narconon Join Together to Get Drugs Out of the Medicine
Thu, 01 Oct 2009, 11:40:23 EDT
If parents want to get rid of unused prescription drugs, what do they do with them?
LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 1 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Drugs are toxic, both to the
environment and people, especially children, some of whom hold "pharming" parties to pop
leftover scrips. Thus, a new pilot to provide mailbox-like safe drop-off sites, announced on
29 Sept, 2009 by Los Angeles County Sheriff Baca and mayors and councilmen and
women from half a dozen L.A. County townships, joined by Narconon International.
The problem is serious. The number one rising trend in youthful drug use in the U.S. is in
pharmaceutical, prescription and over-the-counter. Kids get some of these drugs from the
internet but mostly from home - the medicine cabinet. But what about the environment?
Flushing or dumping these toxins is not a good idea. However, says Mayor Judy Mitchell of Rolling Hills Estates, representing
the South Bay Council of Government, "to prevent water and landfill pollution, we announce today a new way of disposing of
prescriptions that have expired or that you don't want anymore."
The simple solution is to provide special "mail-boxes" to "drop off" drugs, which will be destroyed by the Sheriff's Dept.
(incineration, most likely). Even illegal drugs can be dropped off voluntarily. This will be piloted at first, said Sheriff Baca, at the
Sheriff's Office in the town of Lomita. Once the public show they support this, drop-off mailboxes across Los Angeles County
will be provided.
Baca invited Teddy Chambers of Narconon International to provide a drug education and awareness back-up. "For this to
work," Chambers said, "children and parents will need to know about it. Narconon drug education lecturers, who present to
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