Authorities will be stationed at more than a dozen locations Saturday to collect your unwanted prescriptions so they can be safely discarded.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting its ninth National Prescription Drug Take Back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and there will be more than 40 places locally where residents can hand over their prescriptions.
Here’s the DEA’s complete searchable list by zip code. But here’s a selection of events hosted by police and other agencies:
- North Park – Lions Club, 3927 Utah St.
- Balboa Park – Naval Medical Center, 34800 Bob Wilson Drive, military and staff only
- La Jolla – VA Hospital, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive.
- Morena – SDPD West Division, 5215 Gaines St.
- Mesa College– 7250 Mesa College Drive, campus police sub-station
- Mission Beach, parking lot south of Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd.
- Coronado – 700 Orange Ave.
- National City – Plaza Bonita, 3030 Plaza Bonita Road, adjacent to parking structure
San Diego County officials will host these events Saturday:
- Imperial Beach – Sheriff’s Station, 845 Imperial Beach Blvd.
- Fallbrook – Sheriff’s Station, 388 E. Alvarado St.
- Poway – Sheriff’s Station, 13100 Bowron Road
- Vista – Walgreens Parking Lot, 310 Sycamore Ave.,
- San Marcos – Kaiser Permanente, 400 Craven Road
- San Diego – County Juvenile Hall, 2801 Meadow Lark Drive
- San Diego Hall of Justice, 330 W. Broadway, by San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
- Alpine – Sheriff’s Station, 2751 Alpine Blvd.
- Lemon Grove – Sheriff’s Station, 3240 Main St.
- Lakeside – Walgreen’s Parking Lot, 9728 Winter Garden Blvd.
- Santee – Walgreen’s Parking Lot, 10512 Mission Gorge Road
- Ramona – Albertson’s Parking Lot, 1459 Main St.
- Encinitas – Scripps Encinitas Hospital, 354 Santa Fe Drive
- Julian – Julian High School Parking Lot, 1850 Highway 78
“Prescription drug deaths are preventable. Removing temptation is a very important step. Coupled with treatment options and education we can stop prescription drug abuse,” said county Supervisor Dave Roberts, a member of the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, in a news release.
Last year, the DEA received 9,185 pounds of prescription drugs from San Diego and Imperial Counties during Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Nationally, more than 780,158 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in at more than 6,0o0 locations.