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San Diego Safe Homes Coalition encourages proper disposal of prescription drugs

The Safe Homes Coalition in San Diego has partnered with a number of organizations including local non-profit organizations, the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, and the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS to encourage citizens to learn how to properly store and dispose of prescription medications.

"Prescription drug abuse is the leading cause of unintended deaths in San Diego County," explained Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego County District Attorney. "That's why we need as many groups as possible working to curtail abuse and misuse. I commend the work of the Safe Homes Coalition in their effort to limit youth access to prescription drugs."

The initiative was due to the many reports of people stealing prescription drugs during real estate open house events throughout San Diego County, according to San Diego law enforcement officials.

"The reports of young people removing prescription medications from open houses made it apparent that real estate professionals can be the first line of defense in preventing such thefts of these medications," said Bill Gore, San Diego County Sheriff.

The Safe Homes Coalition has plans to offer residents 10,000 bags to store prescription drugs during open house events. The storage bags will be offered through seven San Diego County REALTOR service centers. Local real estate professionals will receive informative materials to learn more about the coalition. The coalition will also broadcast public service announcements over the radio and television to reach the general public. Social media outreach will also include a Facebook page designed for people to learn more about how to secure prescription drugs and prevent prescription drug abuse.

In cooperation with the coalition, local officials will continue to offer drop boxes at sheriff stations throughout San Diego County and encourage residents to participate in the upcoming National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26, 2014.

For more information about the Safe Homes Coalition, please visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/safehomescoalition or call (858) 391-9303.


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