Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day


Scripps Health is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and other community and law enforcement organizations to offer the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Scripps, the DEA and their partners will host the second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, with 34 drop-off sites in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A complete listing of San Diego sites is available at

Scripps drop-off sites include:

Scripps Coastal Medical Center Carlsbad
2176 Salk Ave., Carlsbad

Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo
15004 Innovation Drive, San Diego

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas

Scripps Green Hospital
10666 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla

Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista
435 H Street, Chula Vista

Potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs will be collected for destruction at 34 drop-off sites throughout San Diego County on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.

According to the DEA, many Americans are not aware that medications in the home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. The rate of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is increasing at an alarming rate, as is the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Data from the San Diego County medical examiner’s office indicates that prescription drug-related deaths increased 67 percent between 2005 and 2009 in San Diego County.

Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back event on April 30th turned in more than 376,593 pounds (188 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,361 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states.

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