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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.


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

  • Develop and advocate for a Health Plan Community Standard.

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

  • 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.

Healthcare Task Force

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.

  • Identify changing drug trends and share community-based resources with schools to respond throughout the County in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Promote Drug Prevention Presentations to youth throughout San Diego County schools.


Operation Prevention

San Diego Schools Collaborative


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