More than 2,500 pounds of prescription drugs collected

More than 2,550 pounds of unused prescription drugs were voluntarily dropped off at six locations around San Diego County over a four-hour period, sheriff’s officials announced Wednesday.

The drugs were collected as part of the San Diego County Sheriff Department’s second annual “Prescription Take-Back Day,” held Saturday. The tally far exceeds the nearly 322 pounds collected last year.

According to the county’s Oxy Task Force — a multi-agency effort that includes the sheriff’s department — parents frequently and unknowingly supply dangerous drugs to their children by leaving unused medication in their medicine chests.

“Saturday’s Take-Back event was more successful than I could have imagined,” Sheriff Bill Gore said. “More than 2,550 pounds of dangerous drugs have been removed from the public domain and more importantly, from the hands of teens and young adults.”

The Board of Supervisors has called for staff to draw up an ordinance to place permanent prescription drop boxes at sheriff’'s stations around San Diego County.

The Oxy Task Force was formed to combat OxyContin use among young people. Other prescription drugs often used for recreation include Vicodin, Adderall, Soma, Xanax, Ambien, codeine, methadone and fentanyl.