National Prescription Take-Back Day collected 13,000 pounds of unneeded medications

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – During the 10th National Prescription Take-Back Day, the public dropped off nearly seven tons of expired or unneeded medications across the San Diego area.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the 13,824 pounds of controlled substances were collected over a four-hour period Saturday morning and afternoon at 42 sites, including hospitals, police and sheriff’s stations, universities, supermarkets and military installations.

"We are pleased to see that Southern Californians are motivated to make their homes safer for our youth,” said William Sherman, special agent in charge of the DEA’s San Diego office.

Medications can also be dropped off a permanent boxes at area sheriff’s stations and precinct houses of the Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, Oceanside
and San Diego police departments, Sherman noted.

The DEA began the program five years ago as a means of keeping drugs out of the hands of children and substance abusers, while simultaneously ensuring environmentally safe disposal of pharmaceuticals.

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