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DEA organizes prescription drug collection sites around county

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Old prescription drugs can be safely thrown away at collection sites around the county Saturday as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's 2nd annual Prescription Take-Back Day.

Thirty-four collection sites will be set up at police stations and other public buildings in San Diego and Imperial counties to give people a safe way to dispose of drugs that could diverted to illegal use.

"Getting these potentially harmful drugs off the streets of our community is an important step in decreasing prescription drug abuse among our youth," said William Sherman, who heads the DEA office in San Diego.

In September, nearly 5,000 pounds of unwanted medications were collected.

Among other locations are:

-- San Diego County Juvenile Hall, 2801 Meadow Lark Drive;

-- Scripps Green Hospital, 10666 N. Torrey Pines Road;

-- UC San Diego, parking lot at Voigt and Campus Point drives;

-- San Diego State University, parking lot at College Avenue and Lindo


-- Scripps Chula Vista Medical Center, 435 H St.;

-- Kimball Senior Center, 1221 D Ave. in National City;

-- Walgreen's, 10512 Mission Gorge Road in Santee;

-- Albertson's, 2955 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine;

-- Scripps Encinitas Hospital, 354 Santa Fe Drive;

-- Scripps Coastal Medical Center, 2176 Salk Ave. in Carlsbad;

-- Scripps Rancho Bernardo Clinic, 15004 Innovation Drive; and

-- Tri-City Hospital, 4002 Vista Way.

Members of the armed forces and retirees can drop off the drugs at several locations at area bases.

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