SAN DIEGO -
People with expired or unneeded prescription drugs can dispose of them safely on Saturday by participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's fifth National Prescription Take Back Day.
Law enforcement agencies, military bases, hospitals, universities and businesses across the San Diego area will accept dropped-off medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to the DEA. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
During the previous installment of the campaign, in April, the federal agency and its law enforcement partners collected about 8,830 pounds of pharmaceuticals at 35 sites in San Diego County, officials reported. Nationally, citizens turned in over 276 tons of prescription drugs at 5,659 locations.
"The reduction of the availability of prescription drugs continues to be a priority for the law enforcement in San Diego County," said William Sherman, acting special agent in charge of the DEA's San Diego office. "The success we have had in our prior take-back events demonstrates that keeping these potentially deadly drugs out of the hands of our youth is also a priority for (the public)."
Misuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem in the United States, according to medical and law enforcement officials. The substances often fall into the hands of recreational users -- many of them children who filch the substances from their unknowing parents -- or are improperly discarded, posing public-health risks.
Medications may be dropped off at any of the following locations in San Diego County:
-- Mesa College police substation, 7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego;
-- North Park Lions Club, 3927 Utah St., San Diego;
-- San Diego Community College Police Department, 1536 Frazee Road;
-- San Diego County Juvenile Hall, 2801 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego;
-- San Diego Police Department Eastern Division station, 9225 Aero Drive;
-- SDPD Mid-City Division, 4310 Landis St.;
-- SDPD Northwestern Division station, 12592 El Camino Real;
-- SDPD Southeastern Division station, 7222 Skyline Drive;
-- SDPD Western Division station, 5215 Gaines St.;
-- Scripps Green Hospital, 10666 N. Torrey Pines Road, San Diego;
-- Sharp Health Care corporate offices, 8695 Spectrum Center Blvd., San
-- University of California San Diego, parking lot 705, Voigt and Campus
-- Albertsons, 2955 Alpine Blvd., Alpine;
-- CVS Pharmacy, 1385 Tavern Road, Alpine;
-- El Cajon Police Department headquarters, 100 Civic Center Way;
-- Julian Sheriff's Station, 2907C Washington St.;
-- Kaiser Permanente La Mesa Pharmacy, 8080 Parkway Drive;
-- La Mesa Police Department headquarters, 8085 University Ave.;
-- Lemon Grove Sheriff's Station, 3240 Main St.;
-- San Diego State University, parking information booth, 6095 Canyon
Crest Drive (off College Avenue);
-- Sycuan Tribal Police Station, 5522 Sycuan Road, Dehesa; and
-- Walgreen's, 10512 Mission Gorge Road, Santee.
-- Albertsons, 1459 Main St., Ramona;
-- Escondido Police Department headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Pkwy.;
-- Fallbrook Sheriff's Station, 388 E. Alvarado St., Fallbrook;
-- Poway Sheriff's Station, 13100 Bowron Road;
-- Scripps Coastal Medical Center, 2176 Salk Ave., Carlsbad;
-- Scripps Encinitas Hospital, 354 Santa Fe Drive;
-- Scripps Rancho Bernardo Clinic, 15004 Innovation Drive, San Diego; and
-- Tri-City Hospital, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside.
-- Castle Park High School, 1395 Hilltop Drive, Chula Vista;
-- Coronado Police Department headquarters, 700 Orange Ave.;
-- Imperial Beach Sheriff's Station, 845 Imperial Beach Blvd.; and
-- National City Police Department headquarters, 1200 National City Blvd.;
Military (active-duty and retired service personnel, beneficiaries and
-- Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Branch Medical Clinic, Building
2496, Bauer Road;
-- Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (near pharmacy building);
-- Naval Medical Center San Diego, 34800 Bob Wilson Drive;
-- Navy Exchange, Naval Base San Diego, 2260 Callagan Highway; and
-- Twenty Area parking lot, Wire Mountain Road and Vandegrift Boulevard,