Unwanted prescription medications can be dropped off at dozens of locations across San Diego County on Saturday in a law enforcement effort to keep drugs away from children, addicts and thieves.
Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the community about the potential abuse and consequences of improper storage and disposal of these medications. Over the past seven years these agencies have offered two opportunities per year, this being the 14th prescription drug take back day. Liquid drugs are accepted, but not in syringes or other sharp containers.
Medications must be brought to collection sites.
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The medications can be dropped off from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday at Hy-Vee, 115 S. 29th St., and Family Pharmacy in Dayton, 21 S. Main St.
And they're partnering with the DEA to give people a chance to dispose of their unused, expired, or unwanted drugs sitting around the house.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
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Medicines left in home cabinets can lead to misuse and abuse of the drugs.
Additionally, Collier says the most common way teenagers are introduced to prescription drug use is finding them in family's medicine cabinets. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Residents can dispose of medications year-round by dropping them off at the Sheriff's Office medicine collection drop box, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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