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Drop Off Unused Prescription Drugs April 26

Looking to get rid of unwanted and expired prescription drugs? The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Oceanside and Carlsbad Police Departments will collect and dispose of prescription medicines during the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) eighth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This event is further supported by the City of Oceanside’s Pollution Prevention and Pretreatment Program.

Unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs present substantial risks to our community by either falling into the wrong hands, or by damaging the environment and water distribution infrastructure through improper disposal. It is this awareness that has resulted in action by local law enforcement agencies and the City of Oceanside’s Pollution Prevention and Pretreatment program to provide a safe alternative method to dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals.

Studies have shown that residential supplies of pharmaceutical controlled substances – those found in home medicine cabinets – have become the supply of choice for young people and criminals. Many abusers are known to have obtained their controlled substances from the homes of family and friends. In addition, research has shown that the environment has been threatened by medications being flushed down toilets or disposed of inappropriately in trash collection systems. Most controlled substances are created synthetically, and are not removed through normal water-treatment processes, further becoming a potential impact to health. Studies show exposure to even low levels of drugs has negative effects on fish and other aquatic species, and also may negatively affect human health. Do not dispose of waste medication down the drain, down the toilet, or even in home waste cans. This includes any prescription or nonprescription substances intended to be swallowed, inhaled, injected, applied to the skin or eyes, or otherwise absorbed.
Take action during Earth Month 2014, dispose of all unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs at the following locations on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm:

Oceanside - (OPD) – Tri-City Medical Center 4002 Vista Way
• Carlsbad – (CPD) Scripps Coastal Medical Center 2176 Salk Ave
• Encinitas – (SDSO) Scripps Encinitas Hospital 354 Santa Fe Drive
• Fallbrook – (SDSO) Sheriff’s Substation 388 East Alvarado Street
• Vista – (SDSO) Walgreens Parking Lot 310 Sycamore Road
This service is free and anonymous. No sharps or needles accepted. Unwanted or expired prescription drugs can be dangerous to the community if not handled and disposed of properly.

For a list of other county drop-off locations, go to: You can also drop off unwanted prescriptions at the Oceanside Police Department in the “Prescription Drop Box” or at any Sheriff’s Station or Substation during normal business hours. For more information, visit:

This event is just one of many events during Earth Month 2014. Earth Month is sponsored by the City of Oceanside, Green Oceanside Campaign and community partners from and around North County. Green Oceanside is a campaign dedicated to teaching residents and local businesses how to be better stewards of the Earth by recycling, reducing waste, composting, using water efficiently and preventing water pollution and litter. For more information about Earth Month events and environmental services, please visit

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