Public Safety

Drop Off Unwanted, Expired Drugs

Unwanted or expired prescription drugs can be dangerous. Get rid of them during the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend. Some 40 sites in San Diego County are participating in the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30.

This service is free and anonymous. Pills and other solids, like patches, will be collected, but no liquids or sharps, such as needles or lancets, will be accepted.

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Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the U.S., according to the DEA. Help fight the epidemic of substance abuse and addiction by removing these items from your home.

The Sheriff, Probation and District Attorney are participating at the locations below or see the full list.

  • Alpine Sheriff’s Station, 2751 Alpine Blvd.
  • Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation, 388 East Alvarado St.
  • Hall of Justice, 330 W. Broadway, San Diego (District Attorney)
  • Imperial Beach Sheriff’s Substation, 845 Imperial Beach Blvd.
  • Juvenile Hall, 2801 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego (Probation)
  • Kaiser Permanente, 400 Craven Road, San Marcos (Sheriff)
  • Lakeside Walgreen’s parking lot, 9728 Winter Gardens Blvd. (Sheriff)
  • Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Substation, 3240 Main St.
  • Poway Sheriff’s Station, 13100 Bowron Road
  • Ramona Albertson’s parking lot, 1459 Main St. (Sheriff)
  • Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station, 11486 Campo Road
  • Santee Walgreens parking lot, 10512 Mission Gorge Road (Sheriff)
  • Scripps Encinitas Hospital, 354 Santa Fe Drive (Sheriff)
  • Valley Center Elementary School, 28751 Cole Grade Road (Sheriff)
  • Vista Walgreens parking lot, 310 Sycamore Ave. (Sheriff)

You can also drop off unwanted prescriptions in designated boxes at any Sheriff’s station or substation or in the lobby of the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway in San Diego during normal business hours.

Michelle Mowad is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact