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Drug ‘Take Back' to dispose of unneeded prescriptions

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Public-safety officials Saturday urged San Diego-area residents with expired or no-longer-needed prescription drugs to help prevent drug abuse by taking part in the third annual National Prescription Take Back Day.

Law enforcement agencies, military bases, hospitals, universities and businesses across the county will accept dropped-off medications -- free of charge and no questions asked -- from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

"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, acting special agent in charge of the federal agency's San Diego office.

Last year, a total of 4,731 pounds of pharmaceuticals was collected across the county, out of the roughly 309 tons of drugs gathered at 5,300 locations nationwide, the DEA reported.

According to law enforcement officials, prescription drugs are a substantial and growing problem, since they frequently fall into the hands of recreational users -- many of them minors taking the narcotics from their unsuspecting parents -- or are improperly discarded, posing public health risks.

A 2009 national survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

Administration found that more than 7 million Americans abused prescription drugs.

During this year's Prescription Take Back Day, medications may be dropped off at any of the following locations in San Diego County:

Central

-- County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego;

-- North Park Lions Club, 3927 Utah St., San Diego;

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

-- San Diego Police Department Eastern Division station, 9225 Aero Drive;

-- SDPD Southeastern Division station, 7222 Skyline Drive;

-- SDPD Northwestern Division station, 12592 El Camino Real;

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

-- University of California San Diego, Lot 705, Voigt and Campus Point

drives.

Eastern

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

-- El Cajon Police Department headquarters, 100 Civic Center Way;

-- Julian Sheriff's Station, 2907 Washington St., Suite C;

-- La Mesa Police Department headquarters, 8085 University Ave.;

-- Lemon Grove Sheriff's Station, 3240 Main St.;

-- San Diego State University, Parking Lot O, College Avenue at Lindo

Paseo;

-- Sycuan Tribal Police Station, 5522 Sycuan Road, Dehesa; and

-- Walgreen's, 10512 Mission Gorge Road, Santee.

Northern

-- Albertson's, 1459 Main St., Ramona;

-- El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside;

-- Escondido Police Department headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Pkwy.;

-- Fallbrook Sheriff's Station, 388 E. Alvarado St., Fallbrook;

-- Poway Sheriff's Station, 13100 Bowron Road;

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

-- Scripps Encinitas Hospital, 354 Santa Fe Drive; and

-- Scripps Rancho Bernardo Clinic, 15004 Innovation Drive, San Diego.

Southern

-- Coronado Police Department headquarters, 700 Orange Ave.;

-- Imperial Beach Sheriff's Station, 845 Imperial Beach Blvd.;

-- National City Police Department headquarters, 1200 National City

Blvd.; and

-- Scripps Chula Vista, 435 H St.

Military (active-duty and retired service personnel, beneficiaries and

staff only)

-- Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Branch Medical Clinic, Building

2496, Bauer Road;

-- Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Basilone Road at Interstate 5;

-- Naval Medical Center San Diego, 34800 Bob Wilson Drive;

-- Navy Exchange, Naval Base San Diego, 2260 Callagan Highway;

-- San Onofre parking lot (near MCX), Camp Pendleton; and

-- Twenty Area parking lot, Wire Mountain Road and Vandegrift Boulevard,

Camp Pendleton.

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