National Prescription Drug Take Back Day underway

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – People with expired or unused prescription drugs can safely dispose of them during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s ninth and final “National Prescription Take Back.”

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.

Last October, the federal agency collected about 9,200 pounds of unused prescription drugs in San Diego and Imperial counties during the event, officials reported. Nationally, citizens turned in some 390 tons of medications at 6,072 locations.

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.

Since the first Prescription Take Back event in 2010, Congress passed a law directing the DEA to outline methods for creation of local authorized collectors of excess pharmaceuticals. With that process implemented, the federal agency has no further plans to hold national prescription-drug drop-off drives.

Those wishing to dispose of medications in San Diego County are encouraged to do so at any of the following locations:

— Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd. (south parking lot);
— Mesa College police substation, 7250 Mesa College Drive, Suite Q-100,
San Diego;
— North Park Lions Club, 3927 Utah St., San Diego;
— San Diego County Juvenile Hall, 2801 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego;
— San Diego Hall of Justice, 330 W. Broadway;
— San Diego Police Department Eastern Division station, 9225 Aero Drive;
— 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
— University of California San Diego, parking lot 705, Voigt and Campus
Point drives; and
— Veterans Administration Hospital, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, San
— Alpine Sheriff’s Station, 2751 Alpine Blvd.;
— El Cajon Police Department headquarters, 100 Civic Center Way;
— La Mesa Police Department headquarters, 8085 University Ave.;
— Julian High School, 1850 State Route 78;
— Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Station, 3240 Main St.;
— San Diego State University (parking information booth), 6095 Canyon
Crest Drive;
— SDPD Eastern Division station, 9225 Aero Drive;
— Sycuan Tribal Police Station, 5522 Sycuan Road, Dehesa;
— Walgreens, 10512 Mission Gorge Road, Santee; and
— Walgreens, 9728 Winter Gardens Blvd., Lakeside.
— 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 San Marcos, 400 Craven Road;
— Poway Sheriff’s Station, 13100 Bowron Road;
— SDPD Northwestern Division station, 12592 El Camino Real;
— Scripps Coastal Medical Center, 2176 Salk Ave., Carlsbad;
— Scripps Encinitas Hospital, 354 Santa Fe Drive;
— Scripps Rancho Bernardo Clinic, 15004 Innovation Drive, San Diego;
— Tri-City Medical Center, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside; and
— Walgreens, 310 Sycamore Ave., Vista.
— Castle Park High School, 1395 Hilltop Drive, Chula Vista;
— Coronado Police Department headquarters, 700 Orange Ave.;
— Imperial Beach Sheriff’s Station, 845 Imperial Beach Blvd.; and
— National City police storefront, 3030 Plaza Bonita Road (Westfield
Plaza Bonita mall).
Military (active-duty and retired service personnel, beneficiaries and
staff only)
— Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Exchange, Building 2660, Elrod Ave.;
— Naval Medical Center San Diego, 34800 Bob Wilson Drive (Baxter
Circle, between Buildings 2 and 3); and
— Navy Exchange, Naval Base San Diego, 2260 Callagan Highway.

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