About Us

Misuse and abuse of prescription drugs in San Diego County continues to be a growing problem. The majority of prescription related overdose deaths are unintentional. The San Diego Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force (PDATF) is a Countywide initiative comprised of key stakeholders,  community members and local experts working together to decrease the harms associated with the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs in San Diego County.


Safe Disposal

Medical Task Force

  • Support physicians and providers in implementing safe prescribing and prevention practices.

  • Develop and advocate for a Health Plan Community Standard.

  • Work with pharmacies on safe prescribing projects.

  • Support public health, hospitals, clinics, and private offices in promoting safe prescribing.

  • Promote One San Diego Vision for safe prescribing.

  • Educate community members on proper safe disposal of medications to protect the environment and prevent harms to others.

  • Participate and promote DEA Drug Take-Back days.

  • Development of resources for the public and health professionals to further promote safe disposal.



  • Educate community members about the dangers of opioid misuse.

  • Develop online resources for the public, providers, and patients and their families to access opioid use disorder treatment and alternative pain therapies.

  • Conduct outreach to stakeholders and policymakers on the local, state, and national levels regarding opioid issues.

  • Assist pharmacists in the distribution of and education about naloxone, and to counseling patients on risk factors for opioid overdose.

  • Increase physician utilization of CURES, California's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

  • Increase community access to naloxone. 


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