According to the DEA website, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that are kept in homes past the expiration date are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. NMCSD's Prescription Drug Take Back Day offers the military community an opportunity to prevent drug abuse by turning in expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to a local drop-off site. The Take-Back Day minimizes safety risks involved with drugs through proper and environmentally-friendly disposal.
NMCSD is providing three convenient drop-off locations for our patients that the DEA will staff: Baxter Circle between buildings two and three at NMCSD's main hospital site; front of the Marine Corps Exchange onboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar; and Naval Base San Diego's Navy Exchange located in the parking lot near the Callagan Highway gate.
This event is a free service with a no questions asked policy. The event is open to all active duty, beneficiaries, retirees, staff and those who have access to the base. All prescription and over the counter medications will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and needles along with illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine will not be accepted.
For more information on Naval Medical Center San Diego, visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcsd, www.facebook.com/NMCSD or www.twitter.com/NMC_SD.
The Drug Take Back is NOT open to press to protect patient privacy, but request your assistance in notification to NMCSD beneficiaries in the San Diego community.