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No Questions Asked At Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Aired 10/23/09

Health and law enforcement officials say prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in San Diego. Tomorrow, the County Sheriff's Department is inviting people to drop off their unused and expired prescription drugs, no questions asked.

— Health and law enforcement officials say prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in San Diego. Tomorrow, the County Sheriff's Department is inviting people to drop off their unused and expired prescription drugs, no questions asked.

It's called Prescription Drug Take Back Day. At five locations in the county including the Del Mar Fairgrounds, sheriff's deputies will collect unused and unwanted medications. The pills will eventually be packaged and sent out for environmentally-friendly disposal.

Dr. Sean O'Hara treats a lot of San Diegans who have drug problems. He said prescription drug abuse is getting out of hand.

"Prescription drugs right now is making up anywhere from half, to upwards of three-quarters of most of the treatment episodes, whether it's inpatient, outpatient, or emergency room visits," O'Hara said.

Prevention and treatment providers will be on hand at tomorrow's collection sites to provide information.

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Avatar for user 'jenjen'

jenjen | October 23, 2009 at 4:08 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

It would be helpful to provide a few details even if you think KPBS readers are not the target audience. The event runs 9am-1pm at the County Administration building, the County courthouses in Vista, El Cajon and Chula Vista, as well as the fairgrounds. See this flyer for more details and a hotline to call:
http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1845

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Erica_Holloway | October 23, 2009 at 4:22 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

Thanks jenjen for posting our flyer! Appreciate the help spreading the word.

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