North County residents looking for a safe, convenient way to dispose of unused prescription medications have a number of local drop boxes to choose from. Most police departments and sheriff’s stations throughout the county offer collection boxes in their lobbies, which are open weekdays during business hours for anyone to drop off their unused medications.

Disposing of unused prescription drugs is important to avoid non-prescribed use – whether through accidental consumption or drug abuse. The North Inland Community Prevention Program recommends that individuals use prescription medications only as prescribed, don’t share prescribed medication with others, store them securely, and properly dispose of them when they expire or are no longer needed.

Drop off prescription drugs at the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station, 175 North El Camino Real, or find other locations at www.sandiegorxabusetaskforce.org/blank.