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The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has announced a push for residents to turn in their unused prescription medications, with a coordinated effort scheduled for 38 locations across the county scheduled this Saturday.

Expired drugs left unattended run the risk of theft and/or abuse, particularly by teenagers, authorities say. Medications thrown out or flushed down a toilet contribute to contamination of the region’s water supply.

Anyone wishing to discard unused prescriptions outside the promotional event can turn them in at any Sheriff’s station or substation during normal weekday hours of operation at any time.

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