**Many of the disposal locations hours have been impacted by COVID-19, please call and confirm hours prior to going to a location for medication disposal.
Prevent prescription drug misuse by safely storing, tracking and properly or safely disposing your unwanted medications.
Additional Medication Disposal Location Resources
Local Take-Back Sites - English
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Local Take-Back Sites - Spanish
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Local Take-Back Sites - Vietnamese
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If you’re a medical professional, visit www.SanDiegoSafePrescribing.org to learn how the local medical community is organized to support safe prescribing practices. The PDA Medical Task Force developed the following tools to prevent medication abuse:
Emergency Department and Urgent Care Safe Prescribing Guidelines
Fraud Warning Posters
This series of four fact sheets emphasizes the importance of continuing a mother’s treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) throughout pregnancy. The series includes information on OUD and pregnancy, OUD treatment, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and considerations to address before hospital discharge.
Provides information on the latest science-based information about the health effects and consequences of drug abuse and addiction and resources for talking with kids about the impact of drug use on health.
Juvenile Smuggling in San Diego County
Growing Up Drug Free
Marijuana Prevention for Youth and Young Adults
Provides information on commonly misused prescription medications (opioids, stimulants, depressants).
Teens can get facts about drugs and drug effects, read advice from fellow teens, watch educational videos and try their hand at brain games.
Opioids and Athletes Toolkit
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids. Naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped because of an opioid overdose. But, naloxone has no effect on someone who does not have opioids in their system, and it is not a treatment for opioid use disorder. Examples of opioids include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, and morphine.
Where can I get naloxone?
Many pharmacies carry naloxone. In California, you can get naloxone from a pharmacist even if your doctor did not write you a prescription for it. It is also possible to get naloxone from community-based distribution programs, local public health groups, or local health departments, free of charge.
A New PATH is a local San Diego agency that provides free opioid prevention & response training in San Diego County. At the training, they will teach you about the causes of opioid overdose and how to recognize and respond to an overdose, including administering an opioid antagonist (naloxone). You will leave the training with naloxone. Learn more by clicking here.
How to use naloxone
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about naloxone
Naloxone Toolkit - San Diego County Office of Education
To promote awareness and aid districts in obtaining naloxone, a life-saving drug that reverses an opioid overdose, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) has gathered a variety of resources to provide instruction and guidance in this process. SDCOE recommends all county districts partner with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).
Supporting documents and information are below.
Additional Naloxone Resources
COVID-19 Community Resources
Telehealth and virtual support is available by contacting the Access and Crisis Line, available 24/7, at (888) 724 - 7240 and 211