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Unneeded medications are accepted at year-round collection sites

Lucette Moramarco

Associate Editor

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recently held a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to give people a way to safely discard unused medications.

While many sheriff stations had a special collection that day, our Fallbrook substation doesn’t have the manpower to do it. However, local residents have several area locations to choose from to remove unneeded medications from their homes. Doing so can prevent drug misuse before it starts.

The Fallbrook sheriff’s substation does have a prescription drug drop off kiosk in its lobby, available during business hours, Monday through Friday. Medications can also be dropped off at most pharmacies. In Fallbrook, these drug stores have drop off kiosks: Albertsons, 1133 S. Mission Road; CVS, 1101 S. Mission Road; and Rite Aid, 1331 S. Mission Road.

For those with base access, the USN Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, 200 Mercy Circle, also takes unused medications. And if you go shopping in Temecula, these drugstores are another option for dropping off those medications: Vons, 29530 Rancho California Road; CVS, 29610 Rancho California Road; CVS, 30640 Rancho California Road or Albertsons, 30530 Rancho California Road.

Residents can go through their medicine cabinets and remove expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and take them to one of those locations. What's safe for one person to use might be harmful for someone else. By disposing of those medicines, they can protect their family against the misuse of medications.

They can take them to the sheriff’s station’s disposal kiosk and drop them in Monday through Friday during business hours. It's free, convenient and anonymous.

According to the sheriff department’s website, “Medications in standard containers may be deposited in those containers. Loose medication can be put into plastic bags available at the collection box and then deposited. Please ensure any liquid medication is enclosed in secure containers before depositing…State law prohibits the disposal of sharps, including needles, syringes and lancets in regular trash.” Sharps or needles are accepted at the Fallbrook Substation where evidence staff will ensure the medication and sharps are disposed of according to state and federal laws.”

The website all says that if the community or an organization is partnering with the Sheriff’s Department for a community event, a portable drop box may be requested for the event for the secure collection of unwanted prescription drugs. The box weighs about 40 pounds and can be set up on a table at the event.

Organizers can contact the Fallbrook Sheriff's Substation for more information, 388 East Alvarado St., 760-451-3100.

 

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