October 31, 2011
Contact: Kameron Korte
Phone Number: (858) 616-4100
DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back A Success
Unused Medications Dropped Off in Record Numbers
SAN DIEGO & IMPERIAL COUNTIES, CA - The final tally is in from the 3rd National Prescription Take-Back Day this past Saturday, October 29, 2011. DEA and its partners took back prescription drugs at 34 locations in San Diego County and three locations in Imperial County.
Over the course of four hours, a total of 7,113 lbs. of drugs were turned into the locations in both counties. This represents an increase of 1,133 lbs. from the Take-back event held earlier this year in April.
“This is the third time this nationwide event has been held, and once again, we had a significant increase in the amount of pills that we took in this event compared to the last one,” said DEA San Diego Acting Special Agent in Charge William R. Sherman. “This kind of participation shows that Southern Californians are motivated to make their homes safer for our youth.”
Other participants in this initiative include the San Diego County Sheriffs, La Mesa Police Department, El Cajon Police Department, Chula Vista Police Department, Sycuan Tribal Police Department, Carlsbad Police Department, Oceanside Police Department, National City Police Department, Coronado Police Department, Escondido Police Department, UCSD Police Department, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, SD County Probation, Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, HIDTA, California Border Alliance Group, San Diego Police Department, United States Marine Corps, US Navy, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scripps Health Group, San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, SD County Health & Human Services, Californians for Drug Free Youth, and San Diego County Prevention Coalitions, Calexico Police Department, Imperial Police Department, Calexico Police Department, El Centro Police Department, Brawley Police Department, Calipatria Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, El Centro Regional Medical Center, Pioneer’s Hospital, Imperial County Office of Education.