SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Nearly five tons of unused prescription drugs were collected in San Diego County and three locations in Imperial County during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27, it was announced Monday.
Local law enforcement agencies from San Diego, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido, Chula Vista, El Cajon, La Mesa, Coronado and elsewhere in the region collected the potentially dangerous medications from members of the public during the sixth annual event, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Many collection sites provided "drive-thru" service for convenience. Community groups and coalitions also joined with local law enforcement agencies to provide drug awareness literature and community resource information.
According to a 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration survey, twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined.
That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
A total of 371 tons of prescription drugs were collected nationwide during take-back day this year.
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A San Diego County sheriff's deputy was free on bail Thursday following his arrest by Riverside County authorities on suspicion of lewd acts with a child.
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The debate over dockless bikes rolled into Pacific Beach as the Town Council held a panel Wednesday night with bike and scooter sharing companies: Bird, LimeBike, ofo and Mobike.
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DMV officers were out Wednesday, looking for people abusing the system. One woman was in tears as she was caught using a handicap placard issued to her adult son - who wasn't with her on the shopping trip.
A Serra High School freshman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of scrawling a threat about a school shooting in a restroom at the Tierrasanta campus.