Safely dispose of unused medicine

DOWNEY - The Downey Police Department and community volunteers will collect unused, unwanted or out-of-date prescription medications on Saturday morning, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in front of the Columbia Memorial Space Center on Columbia Way, near Lakewood Boulevard.This event offers community members a safe and convenient opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous drugs and minimizes the potential for misuse and abuse. Over-the-counter medications will also be accepted. "Prescription medications can be mistakenly used or worse, abused, by those who live with legitimate prescription drug users," said Downey Police Chief Rick Esteves. "Prescription drugs are frequently the first exposure to drug abuse for young people. This program is a great way for community members to properly discard their old medications." The collection will be a 'drive-thru' only event. Event participants should enter the park from Steve Horn Way (accessed from Bellflower Boulevard). All attendees will be directed to stay with their vehicles as they work their way through the collection effort. The collection of the medications will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine. Details for the collection event, and a map, are also posted on the City website. Questions or comments may be sent to or call (562) 904-2327.

********** Published: October 27, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 28