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October 25, 2013
This Saturday, Burbank police, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a drug take-back event in which they'll collect expired or unwanted prescription drugs in an attempt to prevent medication abuse or accidental poisonings. Last April, more than 742,000 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in at more than 5,800 sites across the country. Police warn that flushing pills down the toilet and throwing them in the trash poses safety hazards. Residents can drop off their prescription drugs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Burbank police station, 200 N. Third St. -- Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @atchek . ALSO: Student becomes ill after eating alleged 'pot brownie' Former Burbank business owner sentenced for tax fraud Records identify fired Burbank police detective
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 3, 2014
Police are investigating a commercial break-in in which several bottles of prescription drugs were stolen from a Burbank pharmacy on Friday. Police responded to an alarm at 5:40 a.m. in the 200 block of South Buena Vista Street, where thieves had reportedly broken into a cardiology office, punched a large hole in the wall and crawled through to get to Burbank Compounding Pharmacy, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The burglars made off with 10 bottles of pain medication from the pharmacy, Ryburn said.
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October 2, 2012
Burbank police collected 158 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs as part of a national drug drop off event on Saturday, officials reported. The amoutn of drugs was enough to fill 10 large boxes, according to police Officer Joshua Kendrick. Police also collected 585 pounds of prescription pills from residents in Glendale and foothill communities The event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to prevent household drug abuse and theft of prescription pills.
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April 30, 2013
Burbank police collected 234 pounds of prescription drugs Saturday at a take-back event that was held in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to curb pill abuse and drug theft, police said. The haul is 76 more pounds than officials collected at the last take-back event in September - enough to fill 12 large boxes, said Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick. “It's obviously encouraging that people are bringing their medications that are unused and no longer needed,” Kendrick said.
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September 18, 2013
A 51-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday when he reportedly rear-ended a Burbank police car while under the influence of prescription drugs, police said. Police stopped the man - identified as Michael Joanou - just after 1 a.m. Wednesday after he reportedly rear-ended a patrol car on Magnolia Boulevard near Lincoln Street and drove off, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The officer whose vehicle was struck stopped the motorist on the 600 block of Buena Vista Street, where Joanou allegedly admitted to taking prescription medication, Ryburn said.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 26, 2013
Burbank police want your old prescription drugs, no questions asked. In an effort to curb pill abuse and drug theft, Burbank police, in partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, are asking residents to drop off expired, unused, unwanted pills Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Burbank police station. The effort is part of a national campaign to reduce household access to leftover medications. During the last take-back event in September, Burbank police collected 158 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.
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February 14, 2004
Ryan Carter A legislative package that would decrease the cost of prescription drugs across the state was unveiled by a group of legislators Thursday, including Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank). "It's a proposal for relief from the high costs of prescription drugs for taxpayers," Frommer said. "Americans are paying more for prescription drugs than anywhere else." The package of five bills and two resolutions -- known as the Affordable Prescription Drug Act of 2004 -- was introduced by Frommer and Assembly members Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles)
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
Local residents with unwanted or expired prescription drugs can get rid of them on Saturday during the Burbank Police Department's drug take-back event. -- FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the event would be held Sunday. It will be held Saturday, April 26. -- From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., police will be collecting unused or expired medications in an attempt to prevent drug abuse or theft. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are “alarmingly high,” said Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick in a statement.
NEWS
October 2, 2004
Robert Chacon Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday vetoed two bills by Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank) meant to lower the cost of prescription drugs for Californians. Frommer's bills were in response to the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs in the U.S. and sought to allow Californians to buy their drugs from Canadian pharmacies. Schwarzenegger, instead, sought to tout his own plan, which he said would also lower the cost of prescription drugs.
NEWS
October 28, 2000
As an organization that represents more than 500,000 seniors nationwide, we agree that the rising costs of prescription drugs and their availability is extremely important. However, the partisan government managed-care plan (HR 4770) that state Sen. Adam Schiff supports would give free prescription drugs to the rich, lock seniors in a "one-size-fits-all" government bureaucracy, and do very little to help seniors obtain the real help they need. The bill Schiff supports has no bipartisan support.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
Local residents with unwanted or expired prescription drugs can get rid of them on Saturday during the Burbank Police Department's drug take-back event. -- FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the event would be held Sunday. It will be held Saturday, April 26. -- From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., police will be collecting unused or expired medications in an attempt to prevent drug abuse or theft. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are “alarmingly high,” said Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick in a statement.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 3, 2014
Police are investigating a commercial break-in in which several bottles of prescription drugs were stolen from a Burbank pharmacy on Friday. Police responded to an alarm at 5:40 a.m. in the 200 block of South Buena Vista Street, where thieves had reportedly broken into a cardiology office, punched a large hole in the wall and crawled through to get to Burbank Compounding Pharmacy, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The burglars made off with 10 bottles of pain medication from the pharmacy, Ryburn said.
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By Scott Glover | January 28, 2014
A Burbank pharmacy that dispensed painkillers and other narcotics to five young patients who later died of overdoses had its license revoked Monday after the state pharmacy board found that its employees failed to properly scrutinize prescriptions that contributed to patient deaths. The pharmacy, Jay Scott Drugs on Glenoaks Boulevard, catered to patients of doctors Bernard Bass and Massoud Bamdad, both of whom were later convicted of crimes in connection with their prescribing, the Los Angeles Times reports . Pharmacists are required by law to scrutinize prescriptions, size up customers and refuse to dispense a drug if they suspect a patient does not have a legitimate medical need for it. Many of Bass' patients were in their 20s and traveled more than 40 miles from their homes in Ventura County to see Bass in North Hollywood, and then another five miles to Jay Scott Drugs where they typically paid cash for a combination of prescription drugs favored by addicts.
NEWS
October 25, 2013
This Saturday, Burbank police, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a drug take-back event in which they'll collect expired or unwanted prescription drugs in an attempt to prevent medication abuse or accidental poisonings. Last April, more than 742,000 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in at more than 5,800 sites across the country. Police warn that flushing pills down the toilet and throwing them in the trash poses safety hazards. Residents can drop off their prescription drugs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Burbank police station, 200 N. Third St. -- Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @atchek . ALSO: Student becomes ill after eating alleged 'pot brownie' Former Burbank business owner sentenced for tax fraud Records identify fired Burbank police detective
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September 19, 2013
Burbank police issued a community alert after a mountain lion was spotted dragging a deer carcass up a driveway in a hillside neighborhood Wednesday night. The sighting was reported by a resident in the 3300 block of Wedgewood Lane near Verdugo Mountain Park just before 9 p.m., police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Police on Thursday warned residents not to feed deer, which attract mountain lions, and to bring pets and pet food inside overnight. Police also recommended that residents install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
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September 18, 2013
A 51-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday when he reportedly rear-ended a Burbank police car while under the influence of prescription drugs, police said. Police stopped the man - identified as Michael Joanou - just after 1 a.m. Wednesday after he reportedly rear-ended a patrol car on Magnolia Boulevard near Lincoln Street and drove off, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The officer whose vehicle was struck stopped the motorist on the 600 block of Buena Vista Street, where Joanou allegedly admitted to taking prescription medication, Ryburn said.
THE818NOW
April 30, 2013
Burbank police collected 234 pounds of prescription drugs Saturday at a take-back event that was held in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to curb pill abuse and drug theft, police said. The haul is 76 more pounds than officials collected at the last take-back event in September - enough to fill 12 large boxes, said Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick. “It's obviously encouraging that people are bringing their medications that are unused and no longer needed,” Kendrick said.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 26, 2013
Burbank police want your old prescription drugs, no questions asked. In an effort to curb pill abuse and drug theft, Burbank police, in partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, are asking residents to drop off expired, unused, unwanted pills Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Burbank police station. The effort is part of a national campaign to reduce household access to leftover medications. During the last take-back event in September, Burbank police collected 158 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.
THE818NOW
October 2, 2012
Burbank police collected 158 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs as part of a national drug drop off event on Saturday, officials reported. The amoutn of drugs was enough to fill 10 large boxes, according to police Officer Joshua Kendrick. Police also collected 585 pounds of prescription pills from residents in Glendale and foothill communities The event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to prevent household drug abuse and theft of prescription pills.
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August 17, 2012
A 47-year-old U.S. postal worker was arrested Friday morning after detectives allegedly observed him purchasing prescription drugs while inside his postal vehicle. Craig Godshall, of Burbank, was parked around 9 a.m. near 600 North Whitnall Highway when Burbank police officers conducting a narcotics investigation saw an alleged sale happening, according to police. Godshall was wearing his uniform and on duty at the time of the incident, Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. He allegedly purchased an unknown amount of Vicodin, said Ryburn.
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