Dropped off medications accepted from 10 am – 2 pm
10:15 AM, Sep 29, 2012
6:03 PM, Sep 29, 2012
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;