Get Rid of Those Old Meds – But Do It Safely

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

California public health officials are encouraging consumers to safely get rid of prescription drugs no longer needed or expired, encouraging them this week to take advantage of the chance to do so during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 28.

“Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern,” warned the California Department of Public Health in its announcement informing the public that some law enforcement agencies will accept the unused medications at select locations this coming weekend.

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Health officials said unused medications are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, theft or misuse. Improperly disposing medications in the trash, throwing them down a drain or in the toilet is hazardous to the environment, they added.

“The Take Back event is an important opportunity to anonymously and properly dispose of unused medication,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “The proper disposal of prescription medication is critical for a variety of reasons, including ensuring that the medication will not be used inadvertently or inappropriately by others.”

Locally, consumers can drop off their unused medication between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the East Los Angeles Sheriff Station, located at 5019 E. Third St. in Los Angeles, or in the lobby of the Federal Roybal Building at 255 E. Temple St. in downtown L.A.

Not every police or sheriff station will accept the drugs, so consumers should first visit the Drug Enforcement Administration website at, or call (800) 882-9539 to find other drop off locations.

There is no charge to dispose the medications, including pills, patches, and sealed liquids. Sharp waste, such as needles, however, will not be accepted. The Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Works and LA County Sanitation Districts regularly hold hazardous waste collections events where those items can be dropped off. You can find more information about those events at or by calling 1(888) CLEAN LA.

A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs, with the majority getting the drugs from a friend or family member, often from the home medicine cabinet.

“We know that the majority of abused prescription drugs are from the home medicine cabinets of family and friends. We encourage all Californians to look at what is in the medicine cabinet and use this opportunity to safely drop off medications,” said Dr. Smith.


East L.A. Stabbing Injures Two

January 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Two men were stabbed in East Los Angeles, both in the upper torso, by two other men, authorities said.

It happened about 10:45 p.m. this past Sunday near Olympic and Atlantic boulevards, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Lt. Roberto Medrano said.

“The victims flagged down deputies and said they were walking in the area and got into a physical altercation with the suspects and were stabbed,” Medrano told City News Service.

The victims told deputies they did not know their attackers, he said.

The suspects fled the scene.

The men were transported to a hospital for treatment of their wounds which were “apparently not life-threatening,” Medrano said.

13-Year Old Charged With Murder in Middle School Stabbing

January 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A 13-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a 14-year-old high school student outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles was charged Tuesday with murder.

The boy, whose name was not released because he was charged as a juvenile, is expected to appear in court tomorrow at the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse.

He is accused of stabbing Steven Cruz, a student at Garfield High School, shortly after 3 p.m. Friday in front of the nearby middle school.

Friends said Cruz was walking home when he stopped by the middle school to see friends. The suspect, a reputed gang member, asked Cruz where he was from, a common tactic by gang members to determine gang affiliation, then stabbed him in the torso, officials said.

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