SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will collect unwanted or expired prescription drugs Saturday as part of the fifth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
This event encourages people to drop off unwanted, unused or expired drugs so they won't fall into the wrong hands. Deputies will accept drugs for disposal at the following locations on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:
- Alpine Sheriff’s Station
1385 Tavern Road, Alpine
- Encinitas Sheriff's Station
Scripps Encinitas Hospital
354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas
- Fallbrook Sheriff's Substation
388 E. Alvarado St., Fallbrook
- Imperial Beach Sheriff’s Station
845 Imperial Beach Blvd., Imperial Beach
- Julian Sheriff’s Substation
2907 #C Washington St., Julian
- Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Station
3240 Main Street, Lemon Grove
- Poway Sheriff's Station
13100 Bowron Road, Poway
- Ramona Substation
Albertson’s Parking Lot 1459 Main St., Ramona
- Santee Sheriff’s Station
Walgreen's 10512 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee
According to the Medical Examiner's Office, the number of people who died as a result of prescription drug abuse has increased over the past five years, from 211 in 2007 to 267 in 2011.
For a full list of drop-off locations go to the Sheriff's website. Unneeded prescription drugs can also be dropped off at any Sheriff’s Station or Substation Monday to Friday during business hours.