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Dump unwanted medication at San Diego County's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event

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Posted at 9:46 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 12:46:37-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diegans have dozens of locations where they can drop off unwanted or expired medications on Saturday, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The event was designed to decrease the amount of overdoses and deaths, especially those linked to painkillers. Roughly 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, San Diego County officials reported.

“We must stay alert against the precursors to drug misuse and abuse because these people are our family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors,” said Assistant Sheriff Kelly Martinez.

The spring drug takeback event is on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sheriff’s Deputies and local law enforcement officers will accept drugs at dozens of locations around San Diego County.

Health officials will not accept sharps or needles. This service is free and anonymous.

Call (800) 882-9539 or go to for a location near you.