16:04 PM

UPD Now Has Prescription Take-back Box

The University Police Department (UPD) has partnered with the Rite Aid Foundation’s Safe Medication Disposal Program. We now have a Prescription Take-back Box on campus in the lobby of the UPD, located at 425 La Moree Road.

Studies have shown that residential supplies of prescription medication those found in our home medicine cabinets - have become the supply of choice for young people and criminals. Many abusers, a high percentage of whom are teens, are known to have obtained their controlled substances from the homes of family and friends. This has no doubt contributed to the nation’s opiate crisis. In addition, research has shown that our environment has been threatened by medications being flushed down toilets.

Unwanted prescription medication can be turned in during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Simply come into UPD and drop them in the box. No paperwork, no fuss.

Medications in standard containers may be deposited in those containers. Loose medication can be put into plastic bags, available in the lobby, and then deposited.


  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications

Not accepted

  • Illegal drugs
  • Needles
  • Lotions or liquids
  • Inhalers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Thermometers
  • Hydrogen peroxide

All medication will be transported to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department’s Crime Lab for destruction.