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Picture of a Sheriff's Prescription Drug Drop Box with medication bottles on top.

More than 17,000 Pounds of Rx Drugs Are Off the Streets

| 5:05 PM

The totals are in for the recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and San Diegans turned in 8,411 pounds of unwanted or expired medications at 42 drop-off sites. Additionally, local law enforcement agencies provided the Drug Enforcement Agency with another 8,965 pounds of prescription drugs collected at year-round drop boxes.

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Teenagers standing around drinking alcohol and smoking

Board Expands Social Host Ordinance to Include Marijuana

| 4:32 PM

The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to amend its social host ordinance to add marijuana, so that as with alcoholic beverages, adults providing these substances to minors could be cited or arrested.

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Man tests a smoke alarm by pushing the test button. Credit: American Red Cross San Diego-Imperial Counties

Fire Authority, Community Agencies Partner to Provide Free Smoke Alarms

| 1:40 PM

If you are unlikely to install a smoke alarm in your home due to issues with mobility or financial constraints, then you could qualify for a program that will install them for you at no cost. More than a hundred homeowners in the County’s rural areas have already qualified as part of a recent and expanding campaign to equip households with the lifesaving equipment.

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Chief County Medical Examiner in an examining room with skull on table.

Medical Examiner Puts 20 Years of Data Online

| 9:26 AM

Valuable comparisons and conclusions can be drawn from the types and circumstances of sudden unexpected deaths that occur in San Diego County, and in changes over time. Officials with the San Diego County Department of the Medical Examiner are releasing 22 years’ worth of data–from 1997 to the third quarter of 2018–in a free searchable online portal. The site makes over 59,000 records available.