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Prescription Drug Abuse

The misuse of Oxycontin and other prescription pain relievers impacts all San Diego neighborhoods. District 1 communities such as Carmel Valley and La Jolla have been particularly affected by this issue, leading to residential burglaries, armed robberies and even the deaths of young people.

Unfortunately, many prescription drugs get into the hands of victims and abusers through family medicine cabinets and improper disposal.

Councilmember Lightner is teaming with law enforcement to fight this dangerous trend.

SDPD Safe Prescription Drug Drop Off Program

In response to growing demands for a safe and convenient way to dispose of household prescriptions medications, Councilmember Lightner and the San Diego Police Department have installed a drop box at the Northwestern Division Police Station in Carmel Valley:

SDPD Northwestern Division
12592 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 523-7000
Drop box located on north side of station at pedestrian gate.
Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Residents can bring all types of unwanted medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Citizens can remain completely anonymous. This program is for household medications only. Medical professionals are not eligible.

For more information, please see the brochure available at the following link:

SDPD Safe Prescription Drug Drop Off Program Brochure (PDF)

Rx Task Force

Councilmember Lightner is participating in the Rx Task Force of San Diego County (formerly the "Oxy Task Force"), which is made up of members representing the policy, education, health and enforcement community, to address the rising issue of prescription drug abuse in our region.

For more information about the Rx Task Force and access to posters, PSAs and a toll free hotline number, please visit the Rx Task Force profile on Facebook.