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Published on April 23, 2024
San Diego Sheriff and DEA Host Prescription Drug Take Back Day to Combat Medication MisuseSource: San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

San Diegans looking to discard their unwanted or expired prescription meds have a shot this Saturday to do it safely. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is set to join forces with the DEA to help the public dispose of these pharmaceuticals responsibly during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, reported the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The event, slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27, provides a no-cost, anonymous service, barring sharps and needles. Deemed hazardous if left in the medicine cabinets, expired drugs can be a recipe for trouble, potentially reaching hands that might misuse them. The effort is to mitigate this risk within the community, aiming to prevent drug abuse and overdose hazards.

Sheriff’s Deputies will be on deck at multiple locations across the county, including Alpine Sheriff's Station and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. According to the Sheriff's Department’s announcement, the full list of drop-off points are:

  • Alpine Sheriff's Station - 2751 Alpine Boulevard
  • Imperial Beach Sheriff’s Substation - 845 Imperial Beach Boulevard, Imperial Beach
  • Poway Sheriff's Station - 13100 Bowron Road, Poway
  • San Marcos Sheriff’s Station - 182 Santar Place, San Marcos
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas - 354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas

However, citizens who can't make it on Take Back Day needn’t worry. The event flyer reminds that unwanted prescriptions can always be dropped off at any Sheriff's Station or Substation during normal business hours. Careless and left unattended, these drugs pose a direct threat to the safety of patrons, especially youths. As the saying goes, out of sight, out of mind.

For those unable to attend the scheduled event, further information is available on how to dispose of medications safely and at their own convenience.