Safe Disposal

**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.


Fentanyl Posters

In response to the increasing fentanyl overdoses seen throughout the County, an educational campaign was developed. Below are posters available for download.

Fentanyl Poster - English

PDF - Fentanyl Poster English - Red

PDF - Fentanyl Poster English - Blue

Fentanyl Poster - Spanish

PDF - Fentanyl Poster Spanish- Red

PDF - Fentanyl Poster Spanish- Blue

Fentanyl Poster - Tagalog

PDF - Fentanyl Poster Tagalog- Red

PDF - Fentanyl Poster Tagalog- Blue

Fentanyl Poster - Vietnamese

PDF - Fentanyl Poster Vietnamese- Red

PDF - Fentanyl Poster Vietnamese- Blue


Safe Prescribing

If you’re a medical professional, visit 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

PDF - Emergency Department Guidelines - English

PDF - Emergency Department Guidelines - Spanish

PDF - Urgent Care Guidelines - English

PDF - Urgent Care Guidelines - Spanish

Fraud Warning Posters

PDF - Half Page

PDF - Full Page

Additional Resources 

PDF - Resources for Opioid Prescribers - California Department of Public Health 


For Teens

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens 

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.


For Parents

SAMHSA’s Healthy Pregnancy Healthy Baby Fact Sheets

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.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse

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 

PDF - Juvenile Smuggling 

Growing Up Drug Free

PDF - Growing Up Drug Free - English

PDF - Growing Up Drug Free - Spanish

Marijuana Prevention for Youth and Young Adults

PDF - Marijuana Prevention - English

PDF - Marijuana Prevention - Spanish 



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 Brochure

PDF - 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.

California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) — Naloxone Distribution Project (NDP) Website 

California DHCS — Naloxone Distribution (NDP) Flyer

California DHCS — Naloxone Distribution (NDP) Overview

California DHCS — Naloxone Distribution (NDP) Frequently Asked Questions

California DHCS — Naloxone Distribution (NDP) Application

Template — Standing Physician Orders

Sample — Naloxone Policy and Procedure

Sample— Opioid Antagonist Board Policy

Overview — Assembly Bill #1748, Chapter 557

Overview — CA Education Code Section 49414.3

Additional Naloxone Resources


Medication Safety

Medication Safety Tips 

PDF - Medication Safety


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