News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Eileen Zeidler
Number: 858-616-4166

Launch of San Diego County Oxy Task Force
Over 20 Departments/Agencies Participating in County Wide Effort

OCT 19 -- (San Diego) This afternoon, the DEA San Diego Field Division, along with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announce the launch of the San Diego County Oxy Task Force. This task force has four components to address the oxycontin/oxycodone abuse problem in San Diego County; Law Enforcement, Education, Legislative Issues, and Prevention and Treatment.

“The San Diego community knows that the best method of dealing with serious community concerns is a cooperative and coordinated effort. When it comes to addressing problems that are endangering the lives of our children, we all band together and place this as a top priority”, says Special Agent in Charge Ralph W. Partridge. “The DEA’s role in this task force is multi-faceted. To work with our partners and provide our resources to combat this problem; to arrest and prosecute these drug dealers who are taking legal prescription drugs and distributing them in an illegal manner; and to work with community coalitions and schools to educate the public and our youth of the dangers of abusing prescription drugs”.

“During the upcoming national Red Ribbon Week, the DEA San Diego Field Division will be talking to thousands of children in San Diego and Imperial Counties about the dangers of using drugs, and the effect it will have on their lives. I am urging the citizens of San Diego and Imperial County, especially parents, to educate themselves about the dangers of oxycontin/oxycodone abuse and to learn to recognize the signals that their child may be abusing oxycontin/oxycodone or other prescription drugs”.

Other agencies involved in the Task Force are; San Diego County Board of Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office, Customs and Border Protection, Naval Criminal Services, San Diego Prevention Coalition, Health and Human Services Agency, University of California Police, La Jolla Recovery, San Diego Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, San Diego State University Police, County Office of Education, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, North County Prevention Coalition, US Attorney’s Office and San Diego County Narcotics Task Force, and several other Prevention Coalitions county wide.

For further information about oxy abuse, please refer to www.dea.gov or www.justthinktwice.com.

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