SAN DIEGO - People with expired or unneeded prescription drugs can responsibly get rid of them Saturday by taking part in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's sixth 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 September, the federal agency and its law enforcement partners collected 7,542 pounds of pharmaceuticals in San Diego and Imperial counties, officials reported.
Nationally, citizens turned in more than 244 tons of prescription drugs at 5,200 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)."
Prescription drugs often fall into the hands of recreational users, including youths who take the substances from unsuspecting adults, or are improperly discarded, posing public-health risks, according to medical and law enforcement officials.
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 County Juvenile Hall, 2801 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego;
-- San Diego Police Department Eastern Division station, 9225 Aero Drive;
-- 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 Diego;
-- University of California San Diego, parking lot 705, Voigt and Campus
Point drives; and
-- Veterans Adminstration Hospital, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego.
-- Alpine Sheriff's Station, 2751 Alpine Blvd.;
-- El Cajon Police Department headquarters, 100 Civic Center Way;
-- 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);
-- 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;
-- Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy, 400 Craven Road, San Marcos;
-- 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.
-- Coronado Police Department headquarters, 700 Orange Ave.;
-- Imperial Beach Sheriff's Station, 845 Imperial Beach Blvd.;
-- Kaiser Permanente Otay Mesa Pharmacy, 4650 Palm Ave., San Diego;
-- National City Police Department headquarters, 1200 National City Blvd.;
-- Otay Ranch Town Center, 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista; and
-- Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, 435 H St.
Military (active-duty and retired service personnel, beneficiaries and staff only)
-- Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Exchange, Building 2660, Elrod Ave.;
-- 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;
-- San Onofre parking lot (near MCX), Camp Pendleton; and
-- Twenty Area parking lot, Wire Mountain Road and Vandegrift Boulevard, Camp Pendleton.