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Downey Police Department
Thursday May 3rd, 2018 :: 04:57 p.m. PDT


Press Release - Drug Take Back Event Outcome

Downey Police Collect over 500 Pounds of Prescription Drugs at Take-Back Event

Downey, CA, May 3, 2018: On Saturday, April 28th, 2018, the Downey Police Department and members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) participated in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative. As a result, community members disposed of 590 pounds of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. All of the collected items were turned over to the D.E.A. for disposal.

This initiative addresses vital public safety and health issues. According to a national survey on drug use and health, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high. More Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than those who abuse cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined. Studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

For more information regarding proper methods of disposing your medicine, please visit the D.E.A.’s Diversion Control Website at

Questions and comments may be directed to Jenny Aguirre at or (562) 904-2374.

Downey Police Department
10911 Brookshire Ave
Downey, CA 90241

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 562-861-0771

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