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Prescription Drug "Take Back" Event on October 29

The Downey Police Department and community volunteers will collect unused, unwanted or out-of-date prescription medications on Saturday morning, October 29th from 10am-2pm. 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. 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,” said Downey Police Chief Rick Esteves. 

The location for the October 29th event will be the Discovery Sports Complex / Columbia Memorial Space Center on Columbia Way, near Lakewood Blvd.  The distribution will be a ‘drive-thru’ only event. Event participants should enter the park from Steve Horn Way (accessed from Bellflower Blvd). 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 10am and end at 2pm. The event will be held rain or shine.

Questions or comments may be sent to or call (562) 904-2327.

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