News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amy Roderick
Number: 858-616-4166

DEA/Law Enforcement and Our Community Partners Hold Prescription Drug Take-Back Program

SEP 14 -- San Diego, CA – The Drug Enforcement Administration, San Diego Field Division and its law enforcement partners along with government, community, and public health services are participating in the nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. Drop off sites will be established throughout San Diego County. Potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs will be collected for destruction o n Saturday, September 25 th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Collection sites in San Diego County may be found by going to www.dea.gov . This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations. Other participants in this initiative include the San Diego County Sheriff’s, La Mesa Police Department, El Cajon Police Department, Chula Vista Police Department, Sycuan Tribal Police Department, Carlsbad Police Department, Oceanside Police Department, National City Police Department, Coronado Police Department, Escondido Police

Department, UCSD Police Department, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, US Attorney’s Office, HIDTA, California Border Alliance Group, San Diego Police Department, United States Marine Corps, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scripps Hospital Group, San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, County Board of Health, Californians for Drug Free Youth, and San Diego County Prevention Coalitions.

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