Thursday, March 25, 2010

Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Set for April 17

Reprinted from the County of San Diego website.

Young people don’t need to prowl some dark street corner to get their hands on dangerous drugs. Many have turned to getting high on prescription medications, and the number one source is their parents’ homes. The County is giving you an opportunity to clean yours out.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day offers a convenient way for you to safely get rid of unused and expired medications – no questions asked. On April 17, six locations around the county will be set up as drop-off points. All the drugs received will be taken for environmentally-friendly disposal.

The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Prevention and treatment providers will also be on hand to answer questions.

Some of the prescription medications most commonly abused by teens are painkillers, depressants and stimulants. Abusing these drugs can cause severe health problems or even be deadly.

Concerns about misuse of one painkiller in particular, Oxycontin, led to the formation of a multi-agency Oxy Task Force of San Diego County. The Take Back Day was organized by the task force members, led by Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price, Sheriff Bill Gore, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, and Health and Human Services Agency Director Nick Macchione.

For more information about the event, contact the San Diego Sheriff’s Office of Public Affairs at
(858) 974-2259.

East County Drop-Off Location:

El Cajon
East County Courthouse
250 E. Main Street

Click here for further information.

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