Irvine Police Department Press Release

Farrah Emami - Public Information Officer
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606



Subject :

Irvine Police Drug Take-Back Event
Contact :Julia Engen, Commander    949-724-7112

IRVINE, CA (April 8, 2014):  On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Irvine Police Department will be participating in the  U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  The Irvine Police Department and the DEA will support two collection sites.  One at the Irvine Civic Center, One Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, 92614 and the other hosted by Kaiser Permanente - Irvine Medical Center at 6670 Alton Parkway (near the Alton/Sand Canyon Medical Office Building #1). Collection hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Community members may drive up and drop off their medications free and anonymously at either location during those hours.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  The Irvine Police Department urges residents to bring expired or unneeded medicines to the collection site, eliminating the potential for diversion, misuse, abuse or even accidental poisoning. Additionally, the improper disposal of medications such as flushing them down a toilet or throwing them in the trash pose public safety, health and environmental hazards.

Additional information regarding the DEA’s national campaign, including other local collection sites, is available at:

For more information on how to safely dispose of medications properly, please visit the Orange County Sanitation District’s “What 2 Flush” campaign at:

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